On the 1st July 2020 members of The Royal Gurkha Rifles celebrated their 26th Birthday via a multiuser video call from around the world.
This included the Colonel, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, Gerald M Strickland, DSO, MBE from Iraq, the second Battalion located in Brunei, Nepal, Catterick and Shorncliffe and all the smaller units with Royal Gurkha Rifles have people serving around the UK.
In the period of COVID-19 it is important to maintain these celebrations in some way and modern technology assisted in connecting people worldwide to acknowledge this event.
The video call was commenced by the General and then went around the units to say a few words and thanks. A cake was then cut at Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas on video to mark the occasion by the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel Jody Davies MBE using a Khukuri.
The Royal Gurkha Rifles is manned by Nepali soldiers, officers and British officers, it is this blend of cultures that makes the RGR unique. Gurkhas are known for their professionalism, fighting prowess, humour and humility.
They currently consist of three battalions, one based in Brunei and the other two battalions in Shorncliffe, UK.