The Brigade of Gurkhas again excelled at the Army Operational Shooting Competition (AOSC) 2019 known as the Bisley Shooting Competition. This is the biggest shooting competition in the British Army, held annually at the Bisley Camp in Pirbright, Surrey.
Shooting teams take part not only from across the British Army but also a number of International Military Teams participate. This year’s AOSC was held on Thursday 20th June 2018 and Brigade of Gurkhas performed extremely well in the competition.
The Queen’s Medal winner
The best shot prize is the Queen’s Medal which was won by Corporal Subash Rai 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) who was carried on a chair in the traditional manner by senior officers including Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.
Regular Army Queen Medal Competition and Unit Service Weapons Team Championship.
57 shooters out of 100 were Gurkhas who will all receive an Army 100 badge – a significant number.
The Gurkha Khud Race will take place on 20th July 2019 in Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons. The Infantry Battle School aims to re-ignite this long-lasted custom of the Brigade of Gurkhas. This time the race is open to all the general public who can compete alongside serving Gurkhas Soldiers.
The Hill Race was first introduced by Major The Honorary (later Brigadier General) C G Bruce of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) as a protest against the Indian Army attitude which considered that Gurkhas could not compete on equal terms with Punjabis, Sikhs and other Indian Army castes. Unsurpassed among athletic contests as a spectacle, it had important consequences, for it not only established the reputation of the Gurkha as practically invincible on the hill-side, but also had the effect of improving military skills associated with hill-work generally in the context of operations in the hills of the North West Frontier. In 1890 the first year of the Punjab Frontier sports competition, a hill race was run with 133 starters of all classes. The first thirty-three places were won by Gurkhas, the first Punjabi coming in 34th.
Three annual local races followed and in 1894 the 5th Gurkha Challenge Cup was presented to become the Hill Race Trophy.
This silver trophy now resides in the Gurkha Museum. The Trophy is a silver statue of a Gurkha in national costume, and was commonly known as “The Little Man”.
One of the most notable of all the hill running performances was in 1899. Havildar Harkbir Thapa had been with Bruce in England when they went to the Isle of Skye. As the result of an argument between the Laird, McLeod of McLeod and some of his ghillies, a small bet was made that Harkbir would not run from Sligachan Inn to the top of Mount Glamaig and back in an hour and a quarter, the ghillies saying that their dogs could not do this. The distance is two miles open moorland to the foot, and a rise of 2,817 feet to the summit. Harkbir accomplished it by himself in thirty-seven minutes to the summit, and eighteen minutes back to the Inn without fatigue. This record remained unbroken until 1997; many athletes in the North had tried to beat it, but it took a professional fell runner in running shoes, nearly a hundred years later to shave off five minutes from the time set in 1899.
After the transfer of the four Gurkha Indian Army Regiments to the British Army on 1st January 1948 operations in Malaya interrupted the reintroduction of the Gurkha Hill Race Trophy. With the formation of 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade in Hong Kong in 1960, the first 48 Brigade Khud Race competition was run on a hill called “Nameless” in the New Territories that same year. The course was one mile and 164 yards long, and involved a steep climb up a 1,300 foot slope followed by a perilous descent of 1,200 feet.
The Hong Kong record time was set by Colour Sergeant Gobinda Rai 10 Gurkha Rifles in 1981, in a time of fifteen minutes and twelve seconds before the last Khud Race was run in Kong Kong in 1996.
The last Brigade Hill Race was run in the United Kingdom on a very wet and windy day in Wales on 6th June 1995 which was won by 3rd Royal Gurkha Rifles. After 106 years of Gurkha Hill Racing this spectacular sporting event has ceased to be run in Britain’s Gurkha Regiments.
Many congratulations to 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment Badminton Team who have won the Army Badminton Championship 2019 after a superb competition at Grantham. The team led by Sergeant Ramu Rai (1 Squadron – Defence School of Logistics) performed brilliantly in all categories.
The team members were:
Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.
This is May’s edition and it covers some events including:
The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.
Members of 1 Squadron visited one of the largest Amazon Fulfilment Centres in the UK (Built in 2017) during their busy routine of Queen’s Guard (Public Duties) commitment.
The visit provided an opportunity to observe an advance robotics amazon technology, understand supply chain and procedures to be followed to fulfil the need of costumers.
All the participants were amazed to see all the systems used to meet the costumer’s demands by selecting more than 150 million items from various locations. Tilbury benefits access to the UK multi-modal logistics gateway. Four international deep-sea ports, six rail freight terminals, and the UK largest cargo airport (London Stansted) in Essex.
The visit helped participants to understand the commercial organisations logistics (How millions of customers are being fulfilled on a daily basis) compared to the military logistics, and how to harness technology to support military chain in particular.
Ladies from The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) recently undertook an unprecedented trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and visit to Chitwan National Park tour in Nepal. It was led by the Unit Welfare Officer Captain Ganesh Bahadur Gurung. The expedition was financially supported by Aldershot Garrison Headquarters, Brigade Family Welfare Fund and 10 QOGLR Ladies Fund.
The aim was to give 10 QOGLR Ladies an opportunity to take part in an authentic trekking experience in the Himalayan region and to explore a wide variety of flora and fauna in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
After four days of long and gruelling walking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas, the team finally reached at the Base Camp (4,130m/ 13,549ft from sea level) on 10th April 2019. After many days of walking on the foothills of Annapurna, the team successfully completed their trek on 13th April 2019 and it was immediately followed by another magnificent tour of Chitwan National Park, situated in the Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal.
The trek was mentally and physically challenging as it involved a range of mixed terrains and diverse climatic conditions on route. The trekkers, completely drained of all energy due to the long and high altitude journey, finished their tour with a well-deserved elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park where they had an opportunity to view the endangered Bengal tigers along with the one-horned rhinos and more than 794 species of wildlife.
On completion of the National Park tour, the team spent a couple of days in Kathmandu to recuperate. The team had an opportunity to witness a rich history, heritage and multi ethnic culture; they enjoyed excellent food and relaxed ambiance of Thamel Night life which made them completely forget the pain of their epic adventure.
The closing date for our Photography competition is getting close. Have you submitted your entries yet. There is a prize worth £150 to be won and you will get featured across our digital network and cover of Parbate magazine.
It is open to all serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Gurkha Veterans.
If you are a professional photographer in your own right you are not allowed to enter and any entries made from such parties will be removed from the competition. HQBG reserves the right to disallow any entries or persons submitting entries.
So please submit your entries (up to 3 per person) and application form to: email@example.com no later than 31st May 2019.
GURKHA AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2019 ENTRY GUIDELINES
Welcome to the first Brigade of Gurkhas Photographic Competition aimed at serving personnel and veterans of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Closing date for entries is 31st May 19. Below is a simple criteria and application form for submissions.
In order to take part, you must be a serving member of the Brigade of Gurkhas or Gurkha veteran at the time the application process ends on 31st May 19.
Any person or image that does not fulfil the criteria will be ignored. Personal submission details must be correct, or the entry will be ignored. All entries must be by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will not respond to email entries unless necessary.
You will be informed by email if you were in the top 6. The Winner will receive a prize.
HQBG will not be liable for any costs of capturing and sending the images.
The file size must be at least 3MB. Set your device to capture at its maximum resolution. If unsure look up how to do this online for your chosen device.
DEVICE USED FOR IMAGE CAPTURE
Images can be captured on any device as long as the minimum image size of 3MB can be met.
TIMEFRAME OF IMAGES
As this is the first Gurkha Photographic Competition, the images must have been taken in a period from Jan 2018 up to the date you send them in. This office can recognise images that are taken outside this timeframe from the metadata attached to any image.
Top tip: We are looking for people focused images that will enhance the Gurkha Brand should the images be used by Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas.
The images can be of any event relating to Gurkhas: Exercises, Training, Sport, Adventurous Training, Social, Portraits, Groups or Teams etc.
If you are supplying images taken on Operations, you may need to seek clearance from PJHQ. If unsure, send it to the POC’s email (detailed below) with enough time for the question to be asked to PJHQ. If the operation is in the past, a judgement call can be made in the office as to whether we can use that submission.
We will not accept collages – multiple images on one pasted together in software.
You may use software to enhance the photograph. Noting that simple is often the best.
Images can be portrait or landscape.
You must have taken the image(s). You must have permission to take the image(s). If the images show children under the age of 16 you must have parental permission in place to take and use that image for this competition. Anyone found to be representing images as their own but they did not take them will face disciplinary actions and if raised as an issue by an outside agency legal action for copyright infringement.
You can send up to 3 images.
Cut of date for submissions is 31 May 2019. Any entry after this date will be ignored.
HQBG will retain all images for possible use on HQBG and or GBA outputs, digital or printed. No reference to the photographer will be made if the images are used post the competition
Application forms must be completed in full. The Application form is available on this webpage or this link.
The top prize will be worth approx. £150 (not cash) to be announced in due course.
Top six winning entries will appear in PARBATE, GBA website and social media.
They will be displayed at the Brigade of Gurkhas annual conference at Brigade Week and Brigade Bhela in July 19.
The winner will be invited to receive their prize from the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas and or Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.
Guidelines correct as at 19th February 2019, but are subject to change.
This week we went behind the scenes and joined part of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment as they took up their role as the Queen’s Guard at Windsor Castle. This is part of a bigger commitment for the Regiment in support of London based Public Duties including; the Buckingham Palace Guard and the Tower of London Guard.
On this occasion they were supported and led through the streets of Windsor by the Band and Bugles of the Rifles, who like the Gurkhas march at 140 paces per minute compared to the heavy (standard) pace of 116 paces per minute. On other occasions they will be supported by our own band. Once inside the gate of Windsor Castle the Gurkhas have to switch to heavy drill to match that of the out going guard from the Household Division.
There were many people gathered in the sun to watch the event on the streets and inside the castle area. All trying to get a good look at the Gurkhas and take many photographs and videos.
There is many weeks of rehearsals and then hours of uniform and kit preparation before you step out into the public in immaculate uniforms and precision drill movements. We took a look behind the scenes at Victoria Barracks, Windsor as they gathered for first time for this task in Windsor.
In April they were preparing hard for this task and this video from Forces TV will show you some of the preparation that went on.
Lance Corporal Ajay Tamrakar (2 Royal Gurkha Rifles) achieved a Double Distinction and Lance Corporal Amir Chamling (Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment) received a Instructor Commendation on the recent Section Commander Battle Course 1803 at Brecon.
Take a look at this video of the Gurkhas at Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment who been preparing for when they take on ceremonial and public duties in London in May this year.