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
On the 3rd of March Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG) hosted Mr Leo Docherty MP, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, at Robertson House at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The purpose of the visit was to give the Minister an update on the recent activities of the serving Brigade and for him to have an opportunity to speak to current Gurkha soldiers from several of the Brigade’s cap badges.
The visit began with a presentation from the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas (Colonel David Robinson, the Chief of Staff (Major Dan O’ Connor and Deputy Chief of Staff (Major Gary Power) on the current state of the Brigade, it’s key recent activities and the role of HQBG.
This was then followed by a series of stands by serving member of the Brigade. Firstly, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) presented on their recent deployments which included Operation ALLIED SOLSTICE; supporting Afghan refugees fleeing their home country. This was followed by soldiers from the Queens Gurkha Signals (QG Signals) who gave a capability brief and demonstrated equipment held by 246 Gurkha Signal Squadron.
Lunch, which was expertly cooked by chefs from the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) was served in an informal setting allowing the Minister to speak with soldiers from the RGR, QG SIGNALS, QOGLR and Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (GSPS).
The visit highlighted the diversity of the Brigade and the importance of its contribution to wider Defence. Before leaving the Minister addressed all present to say how impressed he is with the what the Brigade has achieved both historically and in recent times and would seize the opportunity to be invited to future Brigade of Gurkhas events.