The final visit of Colonel J G Robinson CBE (Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas (Col BG)) to 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) in Brunei took place from 24th June 2019 until 27th June 2019. Even though it was a short visit, he was able to meet members of the Battalion as well as other attachments (Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE), Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (GSPS) and Queen’s Gurkha Signals).
On the first morning morning he had a meeting with British Forces Brunei Commander Lieutenant Colonel David Pack to get an update on Brunei Garrison. Lunch was hosted by the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Mess and in the afternoon he went to visit the company lines. Later that evening the Garrison Officers’ Mess hosted a Regimental Dinner Night.
On 26th June 2019, a golf match took place with Col BG at Jerudong Golf Club. Curry supper was held at 2 RGR Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess followed by a fireside chat. During this time, Col BG awarded Sergeant Bhupendra Gurung (Sniper Platoon) the Fish Monger Coin for his contributions to the Brigade of Gurkhas.
The final day started with a Puja ceremony at the temple and a visit to the war memorial wall. This event was followed by breakfast with the Riflemen. After breakfast, there was a family coffee morning organised at the Chitchat community centre with all BG cap badge families invited. Before lunch, he visited Brunei Signal Troop, GSPS and Boat section (QGE detachment). Col BG J G Robinson was given the final guard of honour commanded by Captain Chatra Lingthep Limbu before his departure.
With seven years as a Col BG and over 36 years with the Gurkhas, it was an honour to bid farewell to Col J G Robinson. We wish him good luck with his new ventures.
By Sergeant Dharamprakash Limbu, 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles