On the 13th March 2020 The Queen's Gurkha Engineers attestation parade for Recruit Intake 2019 took place at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley in the presence of Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw OBE, Colonel Commandant The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers.
There were 70 trainee Sappers who took the oath to serve the Regiment after successfully completing their trade training with the Corps of Royal Engineers.
These young men have come along way in the last 15 months. Selected to become a Gurkha in February 2019 from over 10,000 applicants, they then completed 39 weeks training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick with Gurkha Company and then the first part of the trade training in Minley. They will now go on to join their units as trained members of the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, ready to deploy around the UK and the world in support of British Army operations and exercises.
Gurkhas were first enlisted into the Corps of Royal Engineers in September 1948 when a Gurkha Training Squadron RE was formed at Kluang, Malaya. 67 Field Squadron RE was raised in 1949, 68 Field Squadron RE in 1950 and the RHQ of 50 Field Regiment RE followed in 1951.
The Regiment later became part of the Brigade of Gurkhas and ‘The Gurkha Engineers’ on 28th September; it is this date which we now celebrate as the Regimental Birthday.
The Regiment was based at Sungei Besi near Kuala Lumpur from 1955 – 1961. The Regiment became part of the Brigade of Gurkhas in September 1955, and by Royal Warrant, on 28 September 1955, its designation was changed to “The Gurkha Engineers” and its own cap badge and insignia were adopted.
The title ‘The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers’ was bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen on 21st April 1977. Shortly afterwards in 1981 the newly re-established 69 Gurkha Field Squadron moved to Kitchener Barracks, to be deployed to the Falklands the following year.
69 Gurkha Field Squadron moved to Invicta Park Barracks in 1994, and 70 Gurkha Field Support Squadron reformed in 2000 where they both remain today. For Afghanistan both Squadrons re-roled to Search and have recently adjusted to become Force Support Field Squadrons.