The Gurkha Brigade Association represents all the Regimental Associations of Britain’s Brigade of Gurkhas. Veterans and serving, and all ranks, anyone who has served with the Brigade of Gurkhas is a member. Our role is to foster comradeship and welfare, to preserve the heritage and history of the Brigade of Gurkhas and to sponsor and support Association or Brigade events. We work very closely with Headquarters the Brigade of Gurkhas, the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Gurkha Museum, for the benefit of our soldiers and ex-servicemen. We provide information on relevant news and events, in UK and abroad, as well as help and advice for those starting a second career outside the Brigade
History suggests that Gurkhas first came to serve in Brecon, Wales in 1974, but, it was not until 12 December 1980 that a Company with a total strength of 85 came into existence and was to be known as Gurkha Demonstration Company (GDC) – under the old Non-Commissioned Officer’s Tactical Wing.GDC was re-titled as ‘Gurkha Company Mandalay (GCM)’ in September 2004, from which three platoons and a Company Headquarters’ was formed with a total strength of 124 serving Gurkhas.
The reason for drawdown
Due to the new structure of Army 2020, Op STADIA was implemented, which reduced the number of serving Gurkhas from 124 to 45. On 9 January 2014, the Drawdown Parade took place and GCM was renamed Gurkha Wing Mandalay (GWM). To mark this occasion the GWM flag was handed over to Capt Dhalindra KC by CO IBS Brecon Lt Col J P C Robinson. On 9 January each year, the birth of GWM will be celebrated and to mark this auspicious occasion a GWM Trophy will be presented to the Best Rifleman of the year.