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9 Nov 19

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PAKLIHAWA?

Please click here to download an article about the British Camp at Paklihawa, which was visited recently by Major Andy Gooch QGE.  It is republished with the kind permission of the Editor of the 2019 QGE Journal, in which it first appeared. 

29 Oct 19

WEBSITE IS BEING UPDATING

Please note that this website is being updated.  If you have any difficulties using it in the interim please contact the Webmaster (webmaster@2ndgoorkhas.com).

10 Oct 19

1st BATTALION NEPAL CUP TEAM REUNION 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019

A photo of the 1st Battalion Nepal Cup Reunion celebration in Pokhara on 15th September 2019 is posted here (courtesy of Brigadier J S Brewer CBE).

4 Oct 19

NEPAL DURBAR 2019 PHOTOS

Please click on this link to see photos from the Sirmoor Club Nepal Durbar held in Pokhara on 14th September 2019.

10 Jul 19

RGR 25TH ANNIVERSARY: 1RGR EVENT WITH COLONEL IN CHIEF AT SHORNCLIFFE 

A report on this event can be found on the GBA website here.  It includes a link to a large collection of photographs of the day.  Edward Mackaness, who with Captain Raju Gurung was attending to represent the Sirmoor Rifles Association also took a video of the speech by the Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Gez Strickland which is posted here.

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30 Jun 19

MESSAGE SENT TO RGR ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY BY SRA PRESIDENT 

The following message has been sent to the Royal Gurkha Rifles by the President of the SRA, Brigadier Ian Rigden:

“To all ranks the the Royal Gurkha Rifles From the President and all ranks of the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) Regimental Association.

Please accept our heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.  Our thoughts are with you on this historic day and we think of your success with pride.  You have taken the baton of the old Brigade and its Regiments and standards and forged something new, exciting and enduring for the 21st Century and beyond.  Syabas sathi ho.  Jai Hos, Jai Gurkhali.” 

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8 Mar 19

GURKHA PENSION SCHEME 7CPC ANNOUNCEMENT

The announcement about the Gurkha Pension Scheme as a result of the 7CPC was announced at 1000 hrs today. I have already sent this to the Chairman and Sec RAN in Nepal and to the GWO in Salisbury and Aldershot for dissemination.

20190306-Report_for_Implementation_of_7CPC

20190306-7CPC_Implementation_Q&A

20190307_RAN_Letter_GPS_VeteransSpt_announcement O DP

All 3 documents are also published on the GBA websitehttps://www.gurkhabde.com/  

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25 Feb 19

CARINA EVANS MAKES CRESTA RUN HISTORY

Carina Evans (d/o Lt Col Digby Willoughby) is the first woman to complete whole course since ban on female tobogganists was lifted  >> Click here to read.

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CHRISTOPHER GUNNS – FORMER BRITISH OFFICER TAKES TO THE HILLS OF HONG KONG AGAIN – WITHOUT MORTAR AMMUNITION

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24 Jan 19

THE 25TH INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER AWARD 2018 PRESENTED TO MAJOR DILBAHADUR GURUNG MVO 2/2GR IN ITALY 

By Major Yambahadur Gurung BEM 2GR

Major Dilbahadur was awarded with the FOCSIV (the Italian Federation of NGOs) 25th International Volunteer Award in Rome on 29th November 2018 in the Volunteer from the South category.  This “continues to be the only recognition by NGOs, for a commitment that is a choice of life and value at the service of the community” as explained by the FOCSIV President Gianfranco Cattai, that is awarded annually, only two were awarded in 2018, the other being a lady in the Young European Volunteer category – two volunteers, two lives, two cultures and two different ages, both experienced in many parts of the world, but with one goal: to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, creating opportunities and opportunities that allow them to build a possible future. DB Saheb is the first Asian to be awarded. View link https://www.focsiv.it/category/premio-del-volontariato-internazionale/albo-dei-premiati/

His citation reads:

Dil Bahadur Gurung, 79, born in a small mountain village, Galyam, 1400 meters high in the Syangja district of Nepal. Dil Bahadur, in the local language “the brave”, enlisted at the age of 17 in the body of the Gurkha, the special unit of the British Army consisting of only Nepalese. Dil Bahadur has worked in many countries of the world especially Eastern and was also in the Guard Corps of Queen Elizabeth, role for which he was named MVO – Member of the Royal Victorian Order. In 1985 he took his leave with the rank of Major and returned to Pokhara, Nepal, where he now resides. Married with 5 children and numerous grandchildren, he considers himself a lucky man and feels he has received a lot from life. Since his return to Nepal he has taken care of the poorest, the most vulnerable, Pokhara slum . At Galyam, he contributed to the construction of an aqueduct that brings drinking water to the village, made the only road, expanded the present school from the sixth to the tenth grade, improving the training offer with qualified teachers, organizing a library, a science and a computer science classroom. Last February, during the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the school, the Major received a warm sign of affection and esteem for his incessant work to improve the living conditions of this small community. “To be back, after living far from his village and from his own country, Nepal; for having chosen to dedicate the rest of his life to volunteer work, with constant and all-encompassing efforts … “

Those in 2/2GR will remember, Dilbahadur Saheb was the Gurkha Major from Oct 1982 to Nov 1985. He was also the Queen’s Orderly Officer from Mar 1981 to Mar 1982. Major Dilbahadur thanks all Sirmooris and friends who voted him online. He was recommended by the Italian NGO VISPE (office in Milan) who had supported his work in his village for the last 20 years.

With his birth place at Galyam village in Shyangja, since he retired as ARO in 1995, he took interest in rebuilding his village school. INTERVITA ONLUS, an Italian NGO were his first supporters through his contact while with BGN. He served as Chairman of his village NGO GONESA (Good Neighbour Association Service Nepal) since 2008 but was Advisor from 2003 when they were set up. Apart from his support to the GWS built Galyam village school (previously to Class 7 only hut he raised it to Class 10), his work also included supporting maternity needs of women and constructing a school for blind children. He then extended his work to helping 26 slum areas – 1 in Tanahun (Kotre), 1 in Gorkha and the rest in Pokhara valley (Ramghat, Hyangja Byansi, area behind airport, Chhorepatan, behind Mountain museum and so on, 3 handed over to Nepal government), setting up nursery classrooms and providing teachers, books, stationary, school bags and snack benefiting some 500 children aged 2 1/2 to 4 1/2, office with a clinic and a nursery classroom is in Birauta, Pokhara. In addition, another 500 bright children from slum areas were provided with education to Class 12 in government schools and were also given school bags and dress.

When he heard the good news he travelled from Kathmandu on 26 Nov, he was received on arrival by VISPE General Secretary Antonio Cassino who organised his programme, transport and accommodation (hotel near the Netherland Embassy) and accompanied him throughout. On 27th, he went sightseeing in the very historical Vatican city and also saw the Roman empire architecture. He was joined by his nephew 21165857 Cpl Suryabahadur  Gurung Ex-Mortar Platoon 1/2GR and his wife Gutu Gurung plus his close friend Richard Dutli, a Swiss and his wife Sabeth. On 29th, the event was held at the Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei in Rome. Before the presentation, he was interviewed on two Italian TV channels through an Italian interpreter. Message from the Italian President was read followed by speech by past Italian PM Paulo Zentonio, Vice Foreign Secretary lady and foreign volunteers from Brazil, Morocco and so on, finally by his project supporter VISPE General Secretary. The two awards were chosen from 10 short listed candidates by a Jury composed of some 12 very senior members from the Italian universities and influential institutes. Afterwards, his Swiss friend presented DB Saheb with Swiss Frank 1,000 cheque. In the evening at the FOCSIV 25th Anniversary dinner party, DB Saheb was honoured to cut the cake with the President. Next day he was interviewed by an Italian Chief journalist. He returned to Nepal on 2nd Dec.

               

No doubt this award will raise his credibility so that more donors will be attracted to DB Saheb and GONESA. We are proud that a Lali Gurkha Major Saheb has achieved such international recognition. We all Sirmooris wish him and GONESA the best. If you wish to contact DB Saheb to support his projects, his email address is galemdanda@yahoo.com. 

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24 Nov 18

BOOK FOR SALE – ‘ESSAYS ON NEPAL’ by GENERAL SIR SAM COWAN

 Gen Sir Sam Cowan’s book ‘Essays on Nepal’ printed by Himal Press was successfully launched on the 22nd Nov 18 at the ‘SOAS South Asia Institute’, London.

His publisher has a number of books available for sale near to the Kathmandu price at £10, which is exceptional value. Sam Cowan is able to offer the book for sale for £13 (£10 for the book and £3 for postage and packaging) from Oxford.  Prompt and efficient service guaranteed!

To order a copy please e-mail General Sir Sam Cowan gensirsamcowan@gmail.com directly with your name and address. The book will be dispatched immediately together with payment details, either by e-banking or by cheques.

Your attention is drawn to the summary on back cover! Himal Books have done a great job on the printing and press nation – well up to Oxford University Press standards.

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20 Nov 18

Major Sudan Dewan

Remembrance Sunday in Glasgow 2018  

Combined Dashain and Tihar Celebration in Glasgow

Gurkha Memorial Park Dharan.

This update was received from Maj (Retd) Lalit Chandra Dewan MBE 6 GR who was in Dharan recently and took the time to visit the newly ‘under construction’ Memorial Park.  The project is ongoing by the Eastern Gurkhas and may take a good couple of years to complete.  Just out of interest, when the old Dharan Cantonment (Ghopa Camp) was there, besides many of our eastern Sirmooris, the following 2 GR British Officers completed tours in the old Dharan Cantonment (Ghopa Camp) before its closure 1989, as memory serves:

Colonel H Shakespear (AA & QMG HQ BGN, Dharan from 12 December 1966 to 18 June 1969)

Brigadier E D Smith (Commander British Gurkhas Line of Communication, Dharan, Nepal, from 26 September 1971 to 22 September 1973)

Maj(GCO) Narbu Lama MBE (Chief Administrative Officer British Gurkha Depot Dharan, from 14 October 1974 to February 1980).

Brigadier Vernon Beachamp. (Detached to HQ British Gurkhas, Dharan, Nepal, as temporary AA & QMG and Deputy Commander, from 28 June 79 to 22 Sep 79).

Brigadier Mike Smith. (Commander and Chief Recruiting Officer of British Gurkhas Nepal with his HQ in Dharan, Nepal, from 20 June 1982 to 6 June 1985).

Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC (SO1 Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander HQ British Gurkhas Nepal from 22 April 1984 to 30 Aug 1985)

Maj (QM) Les Peacock (QM and MTO HQ British Gurkhas Nepal in Dharan from 4 December 1986 [assuming the appointment on 15 December 1986] to 30 August 1989).

Brig John Brewer CBE (SO1 Deputy Commander/Commandant Dharan HQ, HQ British Gurkhas Nepal, from 16 October 1988 to 9 November 1989 where he planned and implemented the closure of Dharan Cantonment).

Maj Rambahadur Gurung MBE. (Posted to BGD Dharan as CAO from 6 Feb 1987 to Feb 1990 during which time there was a major earthquake in East Nepal and for his efforts during the recovery phase he was appointed MBE.

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15 Oct 18

REGIMENTAL HISTORY VOL IV 1948 – 1994  

The Gurkha Museum has 106 copies remaining of the final volume of the Regimental History, Volume IV 1948 – 1994. This is the definitive and authoritive history that recounts the last phase of the 2nd Goorkhas service having transferred from the Indian Army to the British Army in 1948. If you do not have a copy, you are strongly encouraged to purchase a copy. Please contact the Gurkha Museum on 01962 828542.

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MEMORABLE ENCOUNTERS BY JOHN NOTT

During his varied carrier John Nott has encountered numerous interesting people, some household names and others well-known in their own field. In Memorable Encounters he has selected twenty characters including when as Deference Secretary during the Falklands War, General (now Field Marshal Lord ‘Dwin’ Bramall, and as a young officer with the 2nd Goorkhas, through a profile of Major Humbahadur Thapa (1st Bn), he describes his experiences with these stalwart soldiers.

For further information and order details, please read the flier ‘Memorable Encounters – John Nott’.

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‘ONE MAN’S CLIMB’ BY ADRIAN HAYES – BOOK LAUNCH 30 Oct 18

Adrian Hayes (Former 7GR officer ) new book, ‘One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2’ detailing the story of his recent failure and subsequent success in climbing the world’s second highest mountain, will be published this month in the UK.

The book will be officially launched with a presentation and book signing event taking place at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at 19:00, reception from 18:00. Tickets cost £10 and the book will be on sale at a special launch discount at event.

For Details and tickets see the ‘One Man’s Climb’ Flier

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30 Sep 18

DELHI DAY GREETINGS 2018

 The following Delhi Day Greetings have been received:

HRH The Prince of Wales (Former Colonel in Chief). HRH The Prince of Wales Reply received on 15 September 2018 to the Sirmoor Rifles Association ‘Loyal and Delhi Day Greetings’ for Delhi Day 2018.

President Sirmoor Rifles Association – Brigadier Ian Rigden OBE.

On the occasion of Delhi Day 14 September 2018 I would like to extend my personal greetings to all members of the 2nd Goorkhas past and present wherever they may be.  This year is the 203rd year since the founding of the Regiment and the 161st anniversary of the Battle of Delhi.  It was this pivotal battle which gave us our unique heritage and Nishanimai.  These traditions are proudly continued today by the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

On the 14th September we specifically remember the storming of the Kashmir Gate at Delhi, in which Major Charles Reid’s Sirmoor Battalion played a significant part. Today we remember not just a significant date in our Regimental history, but all of the British Officers, Gurkha officers and particularly our Gurkha soldiers who have made our Regiment what it is. Through their sacrifices, shared hardship and endeavour, innovation and professionalism, teamwork and comradeship we have forged a reputation and identity to be proud of and one to defend by continuing to display those same qualities of our forebears at Delhi – steadfastness, loyalty, compassion and our sense of family.  It is the Gurkha soldier who makes the Regiment, but it is the Regiment which makes the Gurkha soldier. We are privileged to have served in one of the finest.

Jai Hos, Jai Goorkhali, Jai 2nd Goorkhas.  Hami Jasto Kohi Chhaina.

Chairman Sirmoor Club – Colonel William Shuttlewood OBE.

Gentlemen

As we mark the 161st anniversary of the Regiment’s outstanding action at Delhi please convey to your members the very best wishes to all ranks from the President and Chairman of the Sirmoor Rifles Association and from all members of the Sirmoor Club.

Jai Sirmoor Rifles

Chairman Sirmoor Club (Nepal) – Captain Bharatsing Thapa Chettri

Dear Chairman Saheb,

I on behalf of all members of Sirmoor Cub Nepal wish to extend to you, the Secretary and all members of Sirmoor Club UK, our sincere greetings on the occasion of Delhi Day to commemorate the 161st year of the Battle of Delhi, tomorrow, 14th September 2018.

Jai 2nd Goorkhas

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DAILY TELEGRAPH NOTICES

 In Memorium Their Name Livith Forever (Published 14 Sep 2018)

 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). Delhi Day 14 Sep 2018. On this day, the surviving members of the Regiment remember with pride all those who gave their lives serving in our Regiment from 1815 to 1994.

Court and Social (published 17 Sep 2018)

Regimental Reunion

2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). The Vice President of The Sirmoor Rifles Association, Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC and members of the Sirmoor Rifles Association residing in the United Kingdom, assembled at the Emporium, Aldershot on Saturday 15 September 2018 for their annual Delhi Day Reunion. 

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NEPAL SIRMOOREE 2018 – NO. 24

The latest Nepal Sirmooree 2018 – No. 24 is now published on the website and can be read at

http://www.2ndgoorkhas.com/digitalPubs/sirmooreeN24/ 

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GURKHA MUSEUM – WW1 STATUETTE MARKETING

Please see Gurkha Museum website about the new Gurkha Statuette and other seasonal items available at the Gurkha Museum Shop. The link below will take you to the seasonal section of the shop, this includes the two statuettes, the Gurkha Statue card and all other seasonal products.

https://thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/product-category/seasonal/

The Gurkha Museum continues to need your support. If interested in purchasing items from the Gurkha Museum please visit the link and support our Museum.

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9 Sep 2018

Carina Evans – Walked ‘The Chemin de Liberte’ in early July 2018 in memory of her late grandfather Bob Wade (SOE).

Capt Bishnu Singh  – ‘Doko Challenge 2018’ – Bishop Stortford Independent.  

 ‘I decided to take up the challenge of running 207 parkruns with a 22kg doko in five years. Within this period, 1 am also going to do five marathons in five different continents without a doko and my last marathon will be the Everest Marathon in Nepal’ . See the newspaper article from Bishop Stortford Independent newspaper dated 11Jul 18.  Go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnny-gurkhabishnu to donate.
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9 Aug 18

HUNTING FOR WOLVES  – CHRIS DARNELL

The fourth (and therefore last) of the SAS Quartet thrillers ‘Hunting for Wolves’ written by Chris Darnell has now been published in paperback and e-book on the Amazon website. ‘I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. As for the future…’ Chris Darnell.

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16 Jun 18

THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS: The Gurkhas in Nepal at Delhi & Gallipoli 

The First Hundred Years: The Gurkhas in Nepal at Delhi & Gallipoli by Josh Provan (See his website at Adventures in Historyland :

Part 1 – Nepal

Part 2 – Delhi 

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FROM KATHMANDU TO KENT 

Himal Magazine article: From Kathmandu to Kent

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12 Jun 18

MINUTES OF THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS NEPAL (RAN) MEETING HELD IN NEPAL ON 29 MAY 2018

Please find attached the Minutes of the RAN meeting held on 29 May 18. Understandably, Pensions, Medical Care and Immigration continue to be the core concerns of the RAN.

The 7CPC Report (a very complex document with quite a few ambiguities) is being reviewed by Army Sec before making recommendations to MoD/HM Treasury on how it might be taken forward. This is not a “one off” expenditure; it needs a long term funding line established and money drawn in from other areas to pay for it. It will take time to reach an agreement after which the decision will be promulgated.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

The First Hundred Years: The Gurkhas in Nepal at Delhi & Gallipoli by Josh Provan (See his website at Adventures in Historyland :

Part 1 – Nepal

Part 2 – Delhi

Himal Magazine article: From Kathmandu to Kent

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2 Jun 18

LT COLONEL JOHN CROSS – KANTIPUR TV INTERVIEW

Please click on the link to view JP Cross’s interview on Kantipur TV.

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30 Mar 18

REPORT OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON GURKHA VETERANS

There has been a lot of media (print, TV and social media) coverage targeted at the Gurkha Veteran community about the handing over of the “Report of the Technical Committee on Gurkha Veterans” to HE The Ambassador of Nepal (Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi) and Min AF (Mr Mark Lancaster MP).   There will, inevitably, be lots of speculation and rumours the two key documents are attached:

The Report of the Technical Committee on Gurkha Veterans. (Less Minutes and Annexes)

HQBG Lines to Take.

If you wish to see the whole document (22MB) please let me know.

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GURKHA PENSION SCHEME 2018 AWARD

 The Gurkha Pension Scheme 2018 (GPS 2018 Award) is linked for your information and dissemination. If you have any questions, please get back to me.

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28 Feb 18

MUSSORIE’S THREE ‘FREDERICKS’ – Indian Statesman

Sirmoories may be interested in reading the article ‘Mussorie’s Three ‘Fredericks’’ by found by David Thomas in the Indian Statesman.

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19 Jan 2018

Maj Sudan DewanGWT Scottish Branch Charity Lunch.