SRA (Sirmoor Club) Noticeboard

18 Feb 18

2ND BATTALION ANNUAL GET TOGETHER 2018 – CALLING NOTICE

Date/Time: The next 2nd Battalion Get Together has been planned for 10 March 2018. The provisional timings for the event are from 1100 to 1900 hrs

Location:

Tomlinscote School
School Lane
Frimley
Camberley
Surrey
GU16 8PY

Booking. The event is being coordinated by Uttar Gurung. His phone number is 07828 212550  (also link to VIBER)  and e mail :- grguttar_36@hotmail.com. If you are interested in attending please contact Uttar direct.

Cost: Cost of ticket will not be more than £15 per person. As most of you know the event is self funding and does not receive any financial support or grants . The cost of the ticket will include a curry.  Drinks will be available from a cash bar.

If you know of any other ex 2nd Battalion BOs who would be interested in attending please pass on the details to them .

The location for next year is much more central than previous years so it is hoped there will be many more attending.

John Brewer  

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26 Jan 18

GURKHA MUSEUM LECTURE AND LUNCH ‘THE EVEREST EXPEDITION’ – 22 February 2018

For further details click on The Everest Expedition.  

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21 Jan 2018

URGENT:  CALLING NOTICE FOR THE SIRMOOR BATTLEFIELD TOUR OF THE WESTERN FRONT (NEUVE CHAPELLE) – 22-28 September 18

 The Calling Notice/Itinerary and Booking Form for the Sirmoor Battlefield Tour of the Western Front (22 – 28 Sep 18) can be found in the Sirmoor Events Calendar 2018 where all event instructions and booking forms can be found, however in view of the urgency, direct links are highlighted below:

The Calling Notice/Itinerary and Booking Form for the Sirmoor Battlefield Tour of the Western Front (22 – 28 Sep 18) can be found in the Sirmoor Events Calendar 2018 where all event instructions and booking forms can be found, however in view of the urgency, direct links are highlighted below:

Calling Notice/Itinerary with administrative details

Booking Form Booking is to be done direct with the Tour Administrator, Battle Honours Ltd, whose details are on the Notice and Booking Form. A deposit of £100 is required with the Booking Form to confirm a booking.  Please act quickly as the maximum number that can be accepted on the tour is 20. This is the last opportunity for those who have declared an interest but not yet confirmed to make up their minds and confirm their booking).

The Tour Guide. The Tour Guide will be Major (Retd) Gordon Corrigan MBE.

Closing Date is 28 February. Early booking of hotels is essential in this the centenary year of the end of WWI. 

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17 Jan 2018

SIRMOOR CALENDAR 2018 & BOOKING FORMS

There are two calendars that can be viewed:

Sirmoor Calendar 2018.   Can be downloaded and printed on A5 as a mantelpiece calendar.

Sirmoor Events 2018 & Booking Forms. See the rolling calendar of Sirmoor Club, GBA, Gurkha museum and Britain Nepal Society events for 2018. The forms link is to be updated, if necessary please contact the Hon Sec.

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COBSEO JOB BULLETIN – JANUARY 2018

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ARMY & NAVY CLUB – FM BRAMALL LUNCH & TALK – 30 JAN 18

 For further details on booking please see the A&N flier for the Bramall Lunch & Talk.

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CALLING NOTICE – KUKRI 2017

General. The Kukri 2017 (Edn 68) is due to be published in Jun 2018. The Calling Notice for Kukri articles covering the calendar year 2017 can be found at the following link – Kukri 2017 Calling Notice where guidance on the format required and the Kukri 2017 Order Form can be found.

Cost. The cost per copy for the Kukri Journal remains as follows: UK £22; Europe £25; Rest of World £35.

Existing Subscribers. If you already subscribe to the Kukri, no further action is required.

New Individual Orders. New subscribers are asked to forward their Order Form direct to the Brigade Secretary (Editor) with the necessary payment.

Outline Timings.

30 Mar 18. Closing date for articles.

17 Apr 18. Selection of articles for publication and editing.

Apr/May 18. Design Studio typesetting and drafts for proof reading.

15 June 18. Printing and distribution.

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THE GURKHA WELFARE TRUST, SCOTTISH BRANCH CHARITY CURRY LUNCH – MAJ SUDAN DEWAN

To read the article click on the article link.

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14 Dec 2017

DEATH OF PROBIR RANA (2nd Bn 1960 – 1966)

I regret to inform you of the death of Probir Jung Rana (2nd Bn. 1960-66) who died on 9th December 2017 at 11am at home in Kathmandu. He had been unwell for some time with an asthmatic condition and was on almost continuous supplemental oxygen.   His body was cremated at Pashupati Arya Ghat yesterday. Anyone wishing o send condolences can do so to Probir’s son, Colonel Prayog Jung Rana at: mailto:prayogjbr1208@gmail.com 

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ORIENTAL CLUB – CHANGES TO GBA ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP STATUS IN 2018

Those who have a taken advantage of the GBA Associate Membership should read the changes to their Membership from Associate Member to Full Members subject to the appropriate category. See GBA Membership Categories.

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RGRRA REUNION AT TWICKENHAM (05 MAY 18) – BOOKING

The RGRRA Reunion will be held at Twickenham on 05 May 18 to coincide with the Army V Navy rugby match.   The venue will be the Constituents Bodies Bar (same as previous years) and details will be provided when I send out the tickets.

The bar will open at 1200hrs, bhat will be served as usual at 1300hrs and the game commences at 1500 hrs. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed entry into any bar in the stadium.

If you wish to attend please complete the enclosed booking proforma and return to me with your cheque or confirmation that you have paid by bank transfer.  Last year’s events was another great success and was oversubscribed with a waiting list for 30 tickets. Please book and pay at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

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11 Nov 2017

THE BRAMALL PAPERS – REFLECTIONS ON WAR AND PEACE

 The Bramall Papers published by Pen & Sword will be of interest to all Sirmoories. For full details and on how to order a copy please visit the please visit the Sirmoor Website – Book Reviews.

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8 October 17

SLIM STATUETTE – AYO GURKHALI COLLECTION

The Slim statuette was sculpted in 2017 by Robert Jones who has very generously made a significant contribution to Gurkha history with his sculptures and paintings of Gurkhas.   Edition One of The Slim Statuette is a limited edition of twenty which may be produced in silver or bronze resin. The statuette will be available to individuals and organisations that have a connection to Field Marshall 1st Viscount Slim. For further details read the Slim Statuette Flier.
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SIRMOOR BATTLEFIELD TOURS 2017 – 2019/20. (Updated 8 Oct 17). 

A month has gone by and so far only 4 responses have been received. Now that holiday season is over, please review your diaries and ‘declare an interest’ direct to Bruce Jackman by 31 October. Please note you are not committing yourself to attending, but for planning purposes an indication of the numbers who are interested in attending is necessary before any detailed planning can take place.

The Sirmoor Club intends to reinstate overseas Battlefield Tours as part of our programme of events. Before doing so we need to have some idea of the likely take-up of three Battlefield Tours in the offering over the next three years. Please would those interested in taking part in any or all of these indicate their preferences (in order of preference and year) to Brigadier Bruce Jackman (bruce.jackman@btopenworld.com) by 15 September 2017. Thereafter Nil returns will be assumed.

2018 – Neuve Chapelle. 2018 marks the end of WWI and it would be appropriate to recognise this with a visit to Neuve Chapelle in that year with Gordon Corrigan as our tour guide. In addition to Neuve Chapelle the itinerary will include Gurkhas involvement at Ypres, Festubert, Aubers, Loos and the Somme. Proposed dates are 23-28 Sep 18.

2019/20 – Burma. Brigadier Ian Rigden will be based in Burma for the next couple of years and we hope to use his presence there to visit some of the Battlefields of the WWII Burma campaign, especially those with 2GR significance. Either in 2019 or 2020.

2019/20 – Italy. Ist Battalion’s involvement the WWII battles of Cassino and up the Adriatic coast of Italy with Gordon Corrigan as our tour guide. Either in 2019 or 2020.

It is appreciated that without details, such costs and dates, it will not be possible to commit. At this stage we just need an indication of interest so as to decide whether to proceed or not as the case may be with any of the options.

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CONFEDERATION OF SERVICE CHARITIES (Cobseo)

August updates and Job Vacancies can be viewed under Sirmoor News and Notices/Cobseo.  
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 17 July 17

99 GURKHA BRIGADE LONDON LUNCHES

Robin Readhead (pilot in the Bed Flight of 6 Scout). janereadhead@hotmail.com has extended an invitation to former members of 99 Gurkha Brigade to their reunion lunches held in London. These lunches are open to all Gurkhas and those attached to 99 Gurkha Brigade.   Brig John Heelis was the last Comd in 1969 when 99 left the orbat. Andrew Duncan, then Bde Maj is our ‘president’.  The Reunion Lunches are run by John Timbers cattim@talktalk.net.  They meet soon after Noon on 1st Thursdays of June and Dec in The Great Nepalese Restaurant along the street from Euston Station.  Wives and guests are welcome.  Several 51 Bde ties are in evidence too. Those who would like to attend should e-mail John Timbers direct.

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30 June 2017

SIRMOOR MINATURE MEDAL 

By popular demand, the Sirmoor Sathis are in the process of having a miniature version of the Sirmoor Medal produced with dicing ribbon both made in the UK. Initially an order for 300 medals has been placed. The cost of the miniature will be £15.00, plus P&P. The medal will be ready for collection at the next SRA (Sirmoor Sathi) Delhi Day on Sat 9 Sep 17. If interested in purchasing a medal, please let me know. Allocation will be on a first come first serve basis. Payment details to follow.

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21 June 17

SRA MEMBERS NEWS 

Read the SRA News items on the SRA Members News tab:

 Major Sudan DewanGlasgow Gurkha News

Major John BurlisonTreks in Nepal

Major John BurlisonBelize 

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25 May 17

FALKLAND BOOK REVIEWS.  

In this anniversary year please visit the News & Notices Section for Reviews on two books on the Falklands which may be of interest:

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VETERANS GATEWAY

In November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced £2 million of funding from the Covenant Fund for a one-stop service to better support British Armed Forces veterans in need. The service responds to calls from veterans’ charities and groups for help in navigating the wide range of services and organisations set up to support those who have served in the Forces.

For further information visit:

 VETERANS’ GATEWAY UPDATE MARCH 2017. and visit their website at:

www.veteransgateway.org.uk

or telephone 0808 802 1212

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20 May 17

RECENT DEATHS    

Jenefer Slater. Widow of the late Major James Slater, 60th Rifles, seconded to 1/2 GR 1950-52.   Jenefer Slater died on 1 May 2017. Her funeral will be held in Totnes, Devon, on 30 May. Details to follow.

Mr Stuart Gordon Cameron MC (2GR 1943-46). Died on 11 May 2017. Funeral details as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 30th May at 13:45

Location: Taking place at St. Paul’s Church, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7BG

Followed by refreshments at The Marriot Hotel, Meon Valley

If you are planning to attend please inform the Hon Sec by telephone 07891560637 or by email honsec@2ndGoorkhas.com

Mrs Anne Power (widow of Maj E W A (Alec) Power (5th Bn 1942 – 45).  Died on 1 May 2017.  Address details not known.

Elizabeth Goldsworthy. The first wife of the late Captain Roderick Goldsworthy 1/2 GR, died on 10 April 2017. Cremation on 2 May 2017 in Hastings.

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BOOK REVIEW.  

Please visit the News & Notices Section for Reviews on:

Admission’ by Henry March. 

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4 Mar 17

DEATH AND THANKSGIVING Service for Mrs Jean Shakespear

(w/o the late Lt Col H G W Shakespear MC (1st Bn 1940 – 1975))

A Thanksgiving Service will be held on 21 March 2017.

It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death of Mrs Jean Shakespear who died suddenly of a heart attack on 24 February 2016.  Letters of condolence should be sent to:

The Shakespear Family,
(Nigel, Jacky and Shirley)

Address – see SC Secure Area Address List for Mrs Jean Shakespear

A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mrs Jean Shakespear will take place on Tuesday 21 March at 11.00 a.m. at Mattingley Church, Mattingley Green, Mattingley, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8LA, followed by a light lunch at Victoria Hall, W Green Rd, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8RE.

For administrative purposes, if you are planning to attend the Thanksgiving Service could you please let me know at the earliest opportunity, but no later than Friday 17 March 2017.

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BRITAIN-NEPAL SOCIETY – MEMBERSHIP 

Please see the letter from Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas for serving and retired members support to the Britain Nepal Society on the SRA Notice Board.

Dear serving and retired Gurkhas.

Attached is my letter seeking your support for the Britain-Nepal Society.  I do hope you will consider the request carefully and join a fascinating organisation which cares for Nepal

Dhanyabad

James

Col J G Robinson | Col BG

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DEVELOPMENT OF HELICOPTER SUPPORT DURING THE MALAYAM EMERGENCY

 Malayan Emergency veterans may have some experience of helicopter casualty evacuation during the Malayan Emergency.  Mr Stuart Wakefield is in the preliminary stages of developing a post-graduate dissertation with the working title, ‘The development of helicopter support in jungle warfare during the Malayan Emergency’. 

 For further deytails please see the website link at: http://fleetairarmoa.org/news/development-of-helicopter-support-during-the-malayan-emergency

In summary: ‘ I have undertaken an overview of available literature, and have begun to research the RAF Casualty Evacuation Flight, which was formed in 1950 and subsequently reformed to become 194 Squadron in 1953, plus the disembarked 848 Squadron which built itself a reputation from 1952 to 1956 for being at the forefront of jungle support operations. I recently visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum for a preliminary review the available 848 Squadron records, and now wish to gain a broad view of the experiences of those involved. The current threads being considered include helicopter flight training, personal equipment provided and preparation for disembarked operations in the jungle, and it is highly likely that various other threads will emerge that have yet to be considered.

 The anticipated time frame for the project is three years, and, at this time, I wish to make contact with anybody who can provide me with detail of their experiences during the Emergency. Whilst I shall be happy to telephone any member in the UK to further discuss my requirements, I shall be quite content to contact via ‘e’ mail if that is preferred. Members should also understand that any information provided may be included in my eventual dissertation, albeit that all such contributions will be formally acknowledged’.

For further details please contact Mr Stuart Wakefield at:

Tel: 01722 500621

Email: esende@live.co.uk 

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 GWT SAMACHARA 46 – NAGRI VERSION

A copy of Samachara 46 (Nagri Version) is on the SRA Notice Board

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18 Jan 17

GLORIOUS (AND NOT-SO-GLORIOUS) HISTORY  

Kathmandu Post

By Deepak Thapa

 Nepali history-writing has erased the contribution of Kumaonis and Garhwalis in building the brave Gurkha myth.

The apocryphal story of Gurkha recruitment has it that during the Anglo-Gorkha War of 1814-16, one Lieutenant Frederick Young was captured by the by the Gorkhalis following the flight of the force he was commanding.   … The truth is obviously far from that romantic.
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-01-12/glorious-and-not-so-glorious-history.html  

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11 Jan 17

 

NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST 2017 

Our congratulations to Tessa Morrish for the award of her MBE. An extract of the notice is copied below:

MBE. Mrs Tessa Mary Morrish, Chair, Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Appeal, North Hampshire and Cystic Fibrosis Care, Frimley Park Hospital Surrey For services to people with cystic fibrosis

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RECENT DEATHS   

Over the Christmas period we have received notification of the following deaths:

Mrs Tigger Ramsey-Brown. (Widow of Lt Col D Ramsey-Brown MC 1st Bn 38 – 48. Died 3 Dec 2016. Funeral 14 Dec 16. Letters of condolence can be sent to her daughter:

Mrs Gael Falk (d/o Adrian Hayter)

Cleves Cottage

Place Farm Road

Bletchingly

Surrey, RH1 4QR

g.falk@btinternet.com

Sgt Lapka Tamang. (BOs Mess Sgt. DOE 1948 – 1967). Died after a long illness (cancer of intestine) aged 88 on 15 Dec 16. Sgt Lakpa Tamang spent his entire service in the BOs Mess finally retiring as BOs Mess Sgt in 1967. He attended the Sirmoor Durbar, in Pokhara 2015.

Major E N (Tim) Buckley. 5 RGR (FF). Died 27 Nov 16. Funeral 14 Dec 16. Major Buckley was the last Chairman/Honorary Secretary of 5 RGR(FF) Officers Association in the UK. Letters of condolences may be sent to his widow at the following address:

Mrs J K Buckley

1 Lane Gardens

Vale Road

Claygate

Esher

Surrey, KT10 0NP 

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02 Nov 16

GURKHA TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE   

Gurkha TACOS is a complex subject and few fully understand the specifics of how these have evolved over time since the inception of the Tri Partite Agreement in 1947.

It is important that we, the Gurkha Family, understand our own TACOS and that we are able to explain them to others.  They are often misquoted, taken out of context or only half understood leading to a one-sided view.

These are UK Government TACOS.  With the Ministry of Defence leading but other Government Departments also responsible for their own areas such as pensions and immigration, these are policies of State.

The Army Secretariat, who are the lead for Gurkha TACOS and have previous experience as the Gurkha Secretariat, has produced a series of Fact Sheets which lay out the background to a range of TACOS.  These are accompanied by Nagri translations.

I offer you these as reference material and an opportunity to correct misunderstandings that may exist more widely.

They are accurate as at October 2016 and include the recent European Court of Human Rights Ruling. They do not yet include the work that the Army Secretariat is conducting in assessing the implication of the 7th Indian Pay Commission.

The Fact Sheets are held on the Ministry of Defence website at: http://www.army.mod.uk/gurkhas/27835.aspx

James Robinson

Col J G Robinson | Col BG
Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas

Robertson House (Former Army Staff College)

Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4PQ

HQBG Def Intranet Page Link | HQBG MOSS Link
www.gurkhabde.com  

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13 June 16

2GR TRUST AND THE SIRMOOR RIFLES ASSOCIATION (SIRMOOR CLUB)- HAND OVER OF CHAIRMAN

The attention of all members is drawn to the handover between Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC and Colonel William Shuttlewood OBE who has now taken over as Chairman of the 2GR Trust and of the Sirmoor Rifle Association (Sirmoor Club). The Chairman can be contacted by e-mail on Chairman@2ndGoorkhas.com.

At the last 2GR Trust Meeting and Sirmoor Rifle Association (Sirmoor Club) Committee Meeting held on 25 February 2016, the Trustees of the 2GR Trust and Committee Members of the Sirmoor Rifle Association (Sirmoor Club) thanked the outgoing Chairman, Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC for his outstanding tenure over the past 23 years, (10 years as a Trustee and 13 years as Chairman), during a challenging period of change, including:

  • The formation of SCN (1996), with the Chairman appointed as 2GR Trustee, and a second Trustee appointed wef 2003.
  • The building of the Gurkha Memorial Museum (not a 2GR project but Major Yambahadur Gurung’s initiative with the Trust’s support), and the addition of the Lal Gate replica last year.
  • The merger of 2GR Trust and SRA(UK) Trust (2008).
  • Two Durbars (2004 & 2015).
  • The formation of the Sathies – assembled in 2008/09 and finally formalised in 2014 with its Chairman becoming a 2 GR Trustee in 2015.
  • The development of the Website over last 5 years, now an all embracing SRA website, incorporating the three branches of the SRA; the Sirmoor Club Nepal, The Sirmoor Sathis and the Sirmoor Club.
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24 May 16

SIRMOOREE JOURNALS 2012 – 2016  

The current Sirmooree Journal is now on the website as an Electronic book.  Members can also view the past six Journals dating back to Summer 2012. Visit http://2ndgoorkhas.com/sirmooree/  

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2GR MILLINERY & HABERDASHERY 

Sirmoor Medal. If you have not received your Sirmoor Medal, please contact the Hon Sec.

Hats Felt Gurkha (HFG). 5 x HFG are available at £31 each +pp.

Sizes: (1 x 59, 3 x 58, 2 x 57, 1 x 56).

Lali dicing. Ian Kelly (Militaria). L4G350. £6 each by private purchase. http://www.kellybadges.co.uk/8-cap-badges-army-other-ranks-cloth-cap-badges.

Blazer. The following tailor has been recommended by a Sirmoori: Strathcarron of Corby, Northants.  Strathcarron@aol.com tel 01536 401536.  The delivered cost is approximately £130.00 and the tailoring is good.

Black Buttons. Round buttons, flat buttons and cuff buttons are now available.

Blazer button (round or flat) £1 each.

Cuff Button .75p each)

1 x blazer set 6 x ball/flat, 8 x cuff. (£10 + pp).

Rams Head Tie. £5 + pp.

2GR Public Duties Tie. £5 + pp.

RGR Tailors (now Kashket):

Kaskets (RMAS): Kashket in the Academy, RMAS, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4PQ; Email:  rmas@kashket.net;  Telephone:  01276 412576

London Office:  Kashket & Partners Ltd Unit C 43-53 Markfield Road Tottenham London N15 4QA; Tel: 020 8365 9350; e-mail:  military@kashket.net   

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23 May 2016

LIEUTENANT COLONEL PETER KEMMIS BETTY MC PRESENTS THE 2ND K. E. O. GOORKHAS (SIRMOOR RIFLES) GOLF TROPHY AT CORHAMPTON GOLF CLUB ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY – 5TH MAY 2016 

To see further details and photos please go to the ‘News’ page by clicking here: 

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16 May 16

SUB MAJ KALU CHETTRI MBE MC   

A Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) award that was granted in Sep 1947 has finally been presented. WO2 Khadak Chettri (GSPS) received the MBE on behalf of his grandfather Subedar Major (Late) Kalu Chettri’s MBE MC at Buckingham Palace on Fri 13 May 2016.

A Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) award that was granted in Sep 1947 has finally been presented. WO2 Khadak Chheri (GSPS) received the MBE on behalf of his grandfather Subedar Major (Late) Kalu Chettri’s MBE MC at Buckingham Palace on Fri 13 May 2016. The MBE was awarded in recognition of his outstanding bravery and resilience shown during 3 and a half years of captivity in the Prisoner of War Camps during the Second World War. For full details and photographs visit the GBA Website, and the Army MOD/News and Features website ‘Gurkha Awarded MBE 70 Years Late’ where you can also read the citations for his MC and MBE.

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10 May 16

SIRMOOR ADDRESS LIST 2016 (as at 9 May 16) 

A revised Sirmoor Club address list has been uploaded.  Members are asked to:

Check that their address and contact details are correct.

The Address List is available to the GBA, GWT and Gurkha Museum as required, but is not made available to other commercial organisations.

Should members wish their contact details to be removed from the Address List, please inform the Hon Sec.

Please dispose of the Sirmoor Address list responsibly by shredding or burning.       Click here to see latest Members List.    (Please Note you will need your email address and password to access this list.)

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09 May 16 -BBC 2 – BURMA’S SECRET JUNGLE WAR WITH JOE SIMPSON  

There is a BBC2 series about 2nd Chindits/Ross Force on Sunday at 8pm. Joe Simpson the author and climber follows the war diaries of his ex 4GR father through Burma. The first episode was shown last Sunday 8 May at 8 pm, however Episode 1 can be viewed at the following link www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07bkf4k via @bbciplayer.   Whilst the programme focuses primarily on the expedition of the son rather than the 2nd Chindit expedition, there are some war clips shown. Bill Symly formerly 3/2 GR also features.

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APRIL 2016

SIRMOOR CLUB ELECTRONIC AGM AGENDA & ACCOUNTS (14 MAY 2016)

 Details of the Electronic AGM are on the Sirmoor Club secure area at http://members.2ndgoorkhas.com/agm_minutes.html. Go to the AGM Minutes 2016 tab to view the Agenda.  It is recommended that for ease you submit your votes and comments to the Hon Sec by e-mail using the following format:

Item 1.  AGREEMENT OF MINUTES

Item 2. RE-ELECTION OF THE COMMITTEE

Item 3.  APPROVAL OF THE ACCOUNTS

Item No.  Add comments as required

Your votes and comments are required by 9 May 2016.

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DEATH  OF MRS KAY MOORE (Widow of the late Major Dinty Moore (2 GR DOM 1960-1970) – 20th February 2016

 I very much regret this late notification of the death of Mrs Kay Moore, (Widow of the late Major Dinty Moore (2 GR DOM 1960-1970)), who died on Saturday night, 20th February, at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.  She was admitted after breaking her arm in a fall in the house in January and was expected to be discharged quickly but her health deteriorated suddenly following an infection.  Both Marilyn and Barry were with her when she passed away peacefully.  Her funeral was held on Wednesday 16th March at  St. Michael & St. George Cathedral Church, Aldershot.  Letters of condolences may be sent to:

Marilyn Moore

3 Church Croft

Edlesborough

Near Dunstable

Bedfordshire

LU6 2HU

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DEATH OF DR MARY RATTIGAN – 8th March 2016

You will be sad to learn of the death of Dr Mary Rattigan who after a long battle with Alzheimer’s passed away peacefully on 8th March 2016 with her family, in Hong Kong.  A funeral mass was held on Fri 15th April 2016 at the Mother of Christ Church, Sheung Shui, NT.  Mary would have been known by many in Hong Kong.  She was a locum for military families and was a devout Catholic attending Holy Mass in Sek Kong.  In lieu of flowers Mary would have wanted a donation to help the elderly cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor, collect@stjosephshomeelsp.com.

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MARCH 2016

DOC MCKERR (Ex QGE) – NEPAL TRIPTICH FILMS OF NEPAL

Doc McKerr, ex Queen’s Gurkha Engineers who worked in Nepal as a troop commander with QGE on a number of small projects for the GWT, is making three short films, which he hopes will encourage visitors to keep going to Nepal, and not stay away because of the earthquake last year.

“The Rise of the Artisans”.  The first film can be viewed at  https://youtu.be/U754DUo6U_I

“The Power of Unity” – due to follow by 25 April, one year after the earthquake, &

“Building for the Future”.

It is hoped that the films will help encourage further interest in, and provide much-needed tourist revenue for Nepal.

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GBA MEMBERSHIP

 There have been a number of enquiries regarding who is eligible for GBA Membership. An extract from the GBA Constitution is copied below:

Membership.  There are two types of membership:

Ordinary Members.    All Regimental Associations are affiliated to the Association on payment of an annual subscription and their Full Members are therefore automatically members of the Association, irrespective of rank.   When a Regimental Association disbands, its full members continue to be members of the Association as individuals.

 Honorary Members.  This category covers any person who enjoys a particularly close relationship with units of the Brigade but who is not eligible to join a Regimental Association and thus have ordinary membership of the Association.   Candidates may be nominated by at least two Regimental Associations or by Officers of the Association, and will be approved by the President and Chairman.  The Secretary will maintain a register of Honorary Members (to include past Associate members, who will become Honorary Members with effect from 1 Jan 2015.)

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ORIENTAL CLUB GBA ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP.   

For Oriental Club Associate Membership Applications.  All GBA Ordinary and Honorary Members are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Oriental Club, but are subject to the normal selection and approval process of the Oriental Club Committee and members.  Please note:

The GBA is an all ranks association specifically for those who ‘served’ with the Brigade including attached, seconded and WRVS service personal irrespective of rank, who are Full Members of their respective Associations.

Within the Oriental Club definition, the GBA membership does not include the Associate or Honorary members of the RAs, (widows, wives, widows, relatives and friends), who remain welcome to attend all GBA events as Associate or Honorary Members within their own Associations, and who can also attend the Oriental Club functions as guests of those accepted as Associate Members of the Oriental Club.

If there are any questions please contact the Hon Sec direct.

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GBA & SRA EVENT BOOKING FORMS

Click here to find the GBA & SRA Event Booking Forms.

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ARMY AND NAVY CLUB – TRIAL MEMBERSHIP

The Army & Navy Club (The Rag) is going through a push to increase military membership and to modernise bedrooms, bars and function rooms, recognising the need to move with the times, whilst still keeping the core elements that make a club a Club.  It now has a business centre, so a good place for members to base themselves when doing business in London.  Mobile phones and laptops can be used there.

The Army and Navy would like to make The Rag the Brigade’s ‘London Club’, and have invited GBA Members to apply for a six month trial membership.  The Club would also be very interested in the GBA members’ views and comments on the Club’s current facilities.  Please find attached the following:

The A&N Trial Membership Offer.

The A&N Membership GBA Application Form.  Please note this offer is specific to the Gurkha Brigade Association, so if Association members could complete this form, as opposed to the Club application form, this will help speed their applications through the process.   The form must be submitted by 31 March 2016

If anyone has any problems please get in contact with Caroline Clarke, the Membership Secretary either by email: caroline@therag.co.uk or call her on 0207 827 8024.  If you have any questions which you may wish to raise with Niall MacNaughton (ex 6GR), the Military Member Consultant working with the Army and Navy Committee tasked with encourage greater military membership, please contact him direct on macnaughton.niall@gmail.com, or call on 07960 942118.

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BRIGADE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORIENTAL CLUB  

You will be delighted to hear that we have now finalised arrangements with The Oriental Club for membership, a tasking given to me at the GBA AGM in November.

The arrangement covers all four pillars of our Brigade – All Members of the GBA (serving, retired and Honorary Members), the staff and Trustees of the GWT and the Gurkha Museum, and all the staff of BGN.

I attach two pages of information.  The salient points are that:

The Oriental Club, located just off Oxford Street, is a vibrant and prestigious organisation with superb facilities: it has reciprocal arrangements with similar clubs worldwide.

We are being offered Associate Membership at £250 per annum, and for those joining this year no renewal fees will be raised until 2018, while the Entrance Fees (£1,500) are being waived.

Our QGOOs will be made Honorary Members.

The Oriental Club have kindly agreed to host a Welcome Evening for all eligible individuals on Tuesday, 22 March, from 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs.  This incorporates the regular ‘Gurkhas in the City’ gathering.  We do ask that those planning to attend please inform the Club’s Events Team.

We look forward to seeing you there!

John Anderson

Gurkha Brigade Association Membership of The Oriental Club

Oriental Club and GBA 

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 ‘THE BRIGADE OF GURKHAS 1815-2015’ E-BROCHURE

A digital version of ‘The Brigade of Gurkhas 1815-2015’ brochure is at the following link. http://issuu.com/boomerangmedia/docs/gurkha_brochure_op/1 

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GBA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION 

The GBA holds and retains the contact details of GBA Members in electronic format using  WORD documents and EXCELL spread-sheets.  The GBA data records include the contact details of members including Names, Address, Telephone Numbers and e-mail addresses of all Full, Associate and Honorary Members.  These records are used solely for GBA purposes including attendance at GBA Annual Events.  On occasion individual contact details are shared with the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Gurkha Museum but only on a limited individual basis as and when requested.  The GBA records are never sold or passed onto outside organisations.

Should any GBA member wish to review or delete their contact details held by the GBA,  they should contact the Brigade Secretary at the address shown below.

Postal Address:  HQBG, Robertson House (Former Army Staff College), RMAS, CAMBERLEY, Surrey, GU15 4PQ

Telephone:  01276 412737

e-mail: nigel.carrick100@mod.uk 

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SRA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION 

The SRA holds and retains the contact details of SRA Members in electronic format using  WORD documents,  EXCELL spread-sheets and ACCESS programmes.  The SRA data records include the contact details of members including Names, Address, Telephone Numbers and e-mail addresses of all Full, Associate and Honorary Members.  These records are used solely for SRA purposes including attendance at SRA Annual Events.  On occasion individual contact details are shared with the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Gurkha Museum but only on a limited individual basis as and when requested.  The SRA records are never sold or passed onto outside organisations.

Should any SRA member wish to review or delete their contact details held by the SRA,  they should contact the Honorary Secretary at the address shown below.

Postal Address:  Major N D Wylie Carrick MBE, St Michaels, Shepton Beauchamp, ILMINSTER, Somerset, TA19 0LP

Telephone:  07891 560637

e-mail: honsec@2ndGoorkhas.com 

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JANUARY 2016

 CHANGES TO THE SIRMOOR WEBSITE.

When you open the Sirmoor Website http://2ndgoorkhas.com/index.html, you will notice  a slight change in the Sirmoor Banner which heads the Home page.  The British Officer in the top right corner has been replaced with the Regimental Cap Badge and the ‘Sirmoor Rifles’ has been expanded to read the ‘Sirmoor Rifles Association (SRA)’ which better reflects our Association.   This change heralds a re-organisation of the website that aims to make the Sirmoor website more inclusive to our respective branches, namely the Sirmoor Rifles Association (Nepal) and the Sirmoor Rifles Association (UK) both of which are open to all ranks, and to the Sirmoor Club an Officers Association which is open to all British and Gurkha ranks who served in the 2nd KEO Goorkhas who achieved commissioned rank at any stage in their career.  Further explanation of the new website will follow shortly.

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AUCTION OF RETURNED 2GR PROPERTY

The auction of returned 2GR property took place after 15 September 2015 and those with successful bids have been informed.  The auction has generated £3,711 for the 2GR Trust.  There are some items which have not been sold some of which may be of interest to the Gurkha Museum or the Gurkha memorial Museum.

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SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES 2015

SIRMOOR 2OOTH ANNIVERSARY MEDAL 

The Sirmoor 200th Anniversary Medal was posted to all Full Members, Seconded and Attached officers on the 11th and 12th September 2015 in order to arrive in or around the 14th Sep 15 (Delhi Day)!  Some statistics:

2 GR Durbar                    55

SC Reunion                     36

Sirmoor Sathi                  8

Post                                114   (sent 11/12 Sep)

Total Issued                     213

Paid                                119

Not Yet Paid                     94   (If you have paid by e-bank but not informed the Hon Sec please inform him.  If you have not paid – please do so!

If you have not received your medal please inform the Hon Sec.

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SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES  2014

GBA CADRE OF VOLUNTEERS

Members are asked to read the attached letter.  Our aim is to re-vitalise the ‘GBA Cadre of Volunteers’ in order to support the local government and charitable agencies (CAB, ABF The Soldiers chatity,  TRBL, SSAFA, GWT(UK) etc), to deliver timely and effective welfare benefits or charitable aid, to our vulnerable Gurkha ex-servicemen community.

If you are interested in volunteering your support, could you please return the Interest Form to the Brigade Secretary.

Click here:  for more detailed information.

Click here:  for Interest Form.

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SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES  2013

DOUNESIDE HOUSE

Treat yourself and your family to a perfect holiday at Douneside House, a charming Scottish country house offering holidays subsidised by The MacRobert Trust for all serving and retired officers of the Armed forces and reserves. Perfect for young families with excellent facilities including spa, pool, gym and indoor games area.

For reservations and details of special offers available throughout the year contact the Managers Lt Col Paul Rennie MBE and Mrs Ginny Rennie on 013398 81230 or e-mail manager@dounesidesidehouse.co.uk.

Douneside House

Tarland

Aboyne

Aberdeenshire, AB34 4UL

Tel: 013398 81230

Fax: 013398 81255

e-mail: manager@dounesidesidehouse.co.uk

For further details please visit the website at www.dounesidehouse.co.uk.

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CONSTITUTION OF THE SIRMOOR RIFLES ASSOCIATION (SIRMOOR CLUB) (APRIL 2011)  

All members are asked to note the Constitution of the Sirmoor Rifles Association (The Sirmoor Club) which was ratified at the last AGM held at the Army and Navy Club, London, on 18 May 2011. Click here to view.

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