10 May 2018
SIRMOOR CLUB REUNION (12 MAY 18) – SEATING PLAN
We now have a total of 65 members attending the Sirmoor Club Annual Reunion at the Travellers Club on Sat 12 May 18 at 1215 for 1300 hours. To see the seating plan please click on the links below:
GURKHA BRIGADE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AND REUNION LUNCHEON, ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY SANDHURST 9 JUN 18
1. General. The Gurkha Brigade Association (GBA) Annual Memorial Service and Reunion Luncheon will take place on Saturday 9 Jun 18 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). The returns for the GBA Memorial Service and Luncheon has been disappointing, with only 44 people booked in so far. If you are planning to attend the deadline is 25 May 18. The outline programme for the day will be:
Memorial Service. The Annual Memorial Service will take place in the RMAS Memorial Chapel (RMC) to commemorate all those members of the Gurkha Brigade (GB) and Brigade of Gurkhas (BG) who gave their lives in conflicts around the worlds.
Reunion Drinks. Reunion pre-luncheon drinks will be in the Indian Army Memorial Room (IAMR).
Reunion Luncheon. Reunion Luncheon will be served in the Old College Dining Room (OCDR).
Regimental Association AGMs and Tea. Regimental Associations (RA) have the opportunity to hold their AGMs in separate Halls of Study, followed by afternoon tea. Please contact Bde Sec should you wish to take advantage of this offer.
2. Key Dates/Timings.
23 May 18 – Final Recce
25 May 18 – Closing date for booking.
1 June 18 – Publish Seating Plan for RMC and Reunion Luncheon.
9 Jun 18 – Memorial Service and Luncheon.
1030 – 1100 Guests arrive
1100 – 1145. Memorial Service including short ceremony at the All Ranks War Memorial
1200 – 1245. Drinks IAMR.
1300 – 1430. Luncheon OCDR.
1430 (Approx) – disperse
3. GBA Memorial Service & Reunion 2018 Booking. Please send in the revised GBA Reunion Booking Form by 25 May 18.
Dear GBA Members,
In the fine tradition established by my predecessor Brigadier John Anderson, again this year I will be leading our Gurkha Burhos Team along the South Downs Way – 100 Kms – 30 hrs – in aid of the GWT.
In addition to your regular donations to the GWT, many of you have been hugely generous in supporting our Gurkha Burhos Teams in past years, and I entreat you to consider doing so again this year. However, if you have already donated to the Pukka Gurkha Burhos Team lead by Chris Green you are excused making a further donation!
Our Team of Gurkha Burhos, all with the privilege of the experience of Gurkha command, is at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/gurkha-burhos and if you wish to read an update of the GWT’s work to convince you it is still worth putting more money towards our Charity, please open https://www.gwt.org.uk.
As in previous years your Gurkha Burhos will be hugely grateful for your donations – large or less so.
Salaams to you all,
David G Hayes CBE
Chairman, Gurkha Brigade Association
18 April 18
SIRMOOR CLUB REUNION (12 MAY 18) FINAL CALLING NOTICE
We now have 58 members attending the Sirmoor Club Annual Reunion at the Travellers Club on Sat 12 May 18 at 1215 for 1300 hours. Cost £50 pp. To see who is attending please click on the links below:
Booking. Please submit your booking form with payment to the Hon Sec by 1 May 18.
Attendance List (as at 18 April 18).
VACANCY FOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GURKHA MUSEUM, WINCHESTER
The Trustees of the Gurkha Museum have approved the recruitment of an Assistant Director. For full details please see the Asst Dir Job Description.
30 March 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)
If you wish to see the whole document (22MB) please let me know.
26 March 18
GURKHA MUSEUM – LECURE PROGRAMME 2018 (Updated 13 Mar 18)
Please view the Gurkha Museum Lecture Programme for 2018: This includes the new rescheduled date for the Everest presentation by Maj Todd. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Friday 20 April 2018 – 1200 (Note the later start time)
‘The Genius of Leadership: Why did The Fourteenth Army fight for Uncle Bill’ (Field Marshal The Viscount Slim)’
Friday 4 May 2018 – 1100
Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017 – Major Andrew Todd MBE
Friday 16 November 2018 – 1100
Reflections of a Soldier in Hong Kong –Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC
ACTION REQUIRED – UPDATE OF THE SIRMOOR RIFLES ASSOCIATION (SIRMOOR CLUB) MEMBERS SECURE AREA (Amended 13 Mar 18)
The Sirmoor Club Secure Area, currently hosted by Serif Web Resource Services is due to close with effect 31 August 2018. In order to retain a Secure Area for Sirmoor Club members, a new secure area is being developed using Word Press software. The impact of this change is that each member who wishes to visit the secure area, must log-in with a user name (associated with the registered e-mail address) with a new password. For full details visit the website and read the Member’s Secure Area – Instructions.
Action Required. If you do nothing else please send the following information to Nigel St George firstname.lastname@example.org:
Name:_____________________________(Your Rank, Initials & Surname)
E-mail address:______________________(Your registered e-mail)
User name: _________________________ (Your login name (e.g. single word in lowercase letters with optional numbers e.g. gengiskhan123) – Note: once registered your username cannot be changed)
Temporary Password. Nigel St George is working flat out to update individual profiles. Once your record is updated he will send an e-mail asking you to log-in using your user name with a temporary password goorkhas2015#. Please wait for this email from NSG for further instructions on how to change the temporary password to one of your own choosing, which will enclose screen shots on what you would expect from either IPad or Windows applications. This is not an automated process and may take a couple of days for the e-mail.
Changing your Temporary Password: For those who wish to change their password to one of their own choosing please read the following instructions which will contain a screen shot on what you would expect to see for:
Window Applications. Instruction on how to change your password – windows.
IPad Applications. Instruction on how to change your password – IPAD.
Note: When requesting your password, the system will display a random selection of letters, numbers & hieroglyphics. Delete this ‘impossible to remember’ password and type in a password of your own choosing which needs to be strong, should contain upper & lower case letters, numbers and at least one symbol.
08 Mar 18
Sirmooree Edn 78 – Autumn 2017. The last edition of the Sirmooree (Edn 78) is now uploaded onto the website.
Sirmooree Edn 79 – 2018. The next Sirmooree (Edn 79) will be the first of the larger annual editions and will be published in April 2018.
ABBREVIATED ADDRESS LIST.
The Sirmoor Address List 2018 is available in the Sirmoor Club Secure Area. Please note that you will be asked to log-in and use your password to access the secure area.
Data Protection Notice. Please note the Sirmoor Address List may be made available to the GBA. The contact details of individual Sirmoori members made by GWT (UK), Gurkha Museum and Britain Nepal Society will be passed to those organisations when requested. If you wish your details to be removed from, or receive a hard copy of the Sirmoor Address list, please contact the Honorary Secretary.
REGISTER OF OFFICERS
If you have not updated your entry for the 2GR Register of Officers please visit the Register that can be found within the Sirmoor Club Secure Area. Please note that you will be asked to log-in and use your password to access the secure area. You can search for your entry, copy the relevant page(s), update as required and return to the Hon Sec for further action.
OBITUARY OF LT COL VYVYAN-ROBINSON MC (LATE 6GR)
Please click on the link to read the obituary of Lt Col Vyvyan-Robinson MC (late 6GR).
3 Mar 18
See the following message from Christopher Lavender on Sirmoor Panama.
1 Mar 18
MEMORIAL SERVICE – THE LATE BRIGADIER P A LITTLE CBE – 4 JUL 18
A Memorial Service for the late Brigadier Peter Little CBE will be held on 4 July 2018 at 1730, at the Temple Church, Temple, London, EC4Y 7BB, followed by a Reception at the Inner Temple.
CALENDAR 2018 (AMENDMENT 1)
The following amendments have been made to the Sirmoor Calendar 2018. Revised Calendars have been updated on Sirmoor Club Events Page: Booking forms hyperlinks are inserted in the rolling Sirmoor Events Calendar when available.
Insert 10 Mar 18. 2nd Bn Get Together.
Delete 4 – 16 Jun 18; insert 11 – 13 Jun 18 for Sirmoor Piscatorial Fishing on R. Meon.
AMPLEFORTH COLLEGE FUNDRAISING FOR GILUNG SECONDARY SCHOOL, NEPAL
From: Major Miles Blackford (s/o Lt Col Tom Blackford 7GR).
One of our U6th students who came to Nepal with me last October was so taken with the visit that he has decided to raise further money for the Gilung Secondary school (in Lamjung) that we visited. The school was damaged in the earthquake and iot raise the full funds needed to help structural repairs, they need about £10K. James is trying to raise £5K and the Pahar Trust has offered to double whatever he manages to raise (up to the sum of £5K). He is currently at £2.8K. I said that I would pass this to you to see if you might be able to spread his details and see whether any of the Regtl associations or serving elms who know the school or area might be interested in sponsoring him. Just a thought. Any help would be gratefully received.
M S BLACKFORD | Major | Contingent Commander | Ampleforth College CCF, York, YO62 4ER | Tel/Fax: 01439 766737 | Email: email@example.com
After Note: The Pahar Trust (Registered Charity) have since agreed to match the money raised. Members are encouraged to donate to this worthy cause, to help meet the additional £2.2K required.
MUSSORIE’S THREE ‘FREDERICKS’
Sirmoories may be interested in reading the article ‘Mussorie’s Three ‘Fredericks’’ by found by David Thomas in the Indian Statesman.
TUKER AWARD 2017
The Tuker Award for 2017 was awarded to Lt Oscar Goldfinger (2RGR). Please follow the link to read a copy of his citation.
RENAMING OF THE GURKHA WELFARE SCHEME (GWS)
Please see the message below from Col Nigel Rowe (COS GWT). Please note that the GWS will be renamed to Gurkha Welfare Trust (Nepal) (GWT(N))
You will be aware from various briefings, not least of all that from Director GWT at the GBA dinner last November, that our operation in Nepal has been undergoing a great deal of change recently. We have formed clusters of both men and materiel based around the 5 key AWCs (Kaski, Butwal, Bagmati, Dharan and Damak) from which we dispatch multi-disciplinary teams (Pensioner Support Teams) to deliver a more mobile and holistic service to pensioners. In addition we are making wide-ranging improvements to the medical scheme that will raise the standard of healthcare on offer at welfare centres, in the community and at the 2 Residential Homes. We are now at a tipping point where much planning and preparation is turning to demonstrable action across our estate in Nepal.
The next, and to some more visible manifestation of this change, is the re-branding of the Gurkha Welfare Scheme into Gurkha Welfare Trust (Nepal). Until recently this has been a gradual transition linked to the formation of clusters. However, this month we will reach a watershed with the formal re-branding of the whole organisation with effect from Friday 16 March. From this date we will cease to use the title Gurkha Welfare Scheme.
The more astute of you will have noticed that for some time now we have only referred to ‘the Trust’ in our messaging. We are keen to be seen as one organisation with one brand. We will formally dispense with the title Gurkha Welfare Scheme and abbreviation GWS and instead use the designation Gurkha Welfare Trust (Nepal), or GWT(N), when referring to that element of the Trust in Nepal. However, more generically we will continue to use the title GWT to reiterate the message that we are one organisation. The office in the UK remains The Gurkha Welfare Trust (or GWT) as this is the name that is registered with the Charity Commission and Companies House.
Aside from the change of title, the brand image in Nepal will also change to mirror that in the UK, save for the fact that script will be in Devanagari. GWT(N) will therefore be badged as follows:
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
Booking. The event is being coordinated by Uttar Gurung. His phone number is 07828 212550 (also link to VIBER) and e mail :- firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
26 Jan 18
GURKHA MUSEUM LECTURE AND LUNCH ‘THE EVEREST EXPEDITION’ – 22 February 2018
For further details click on The Everest Expedition.
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.
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.
COBSEO JOB BULLETIN – JANUARY 2018
The Job Bulletin for Jan 2018 can be seen at the following link:
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.
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.
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.
THE GURKHA WELFARE TRUST, SCOTTISH BRANCH CHARITY CURRY LUNCH – MAJ SUDAN DEWAN
To read the article click on the article link.
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:email@example.com
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.
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.
11 Nov 2017
THE BRAMALL PAPERS – REFLECTIONS ON WAR AND PEACE
8 October 17
SLIM STATUETTE – AYO GURKHALI COLLECTION
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
CONFEDERATION OF SERVICE CHARITIES (Cobseo)
17 July 17
99 GURKHA BRIGADE LONDON LUNCHES
Robin Readhead (pilot in the Bed Flight of 6 Scout). email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
21 June 17
SRA MEMBERS NEWS
25 May 17
FALKLAND BOOK REVIEWS.
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:
or telephone 0808 802 1212
20 May 17
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.
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.
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
Col J G Robinson | Col BG
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: email@example.com
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
GWT SAMACHARA 46 – NAGRI VERSION
18 Jan 17
GLORIOUS (AND NOT-SO-GLORIOUS) HISTORY
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.
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|
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)
Place Farm Road
Surrey, RH1 4QR
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
Surrey, KT10 0NP
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
Col J G Robinson | Col BG
Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas
Robertson House (Former Army Staff College)
Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4PQ
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.
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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: 01276 412576
London Office: Kashket & Partners Ltd Unit C 43-53 Markfield Road Tottenham London N15 4QA; Tel: 020 8365 9350; e-mail: email@example.com
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:
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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:
3 Church Croft
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.)
ORIENTAL CLUB GBA ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP.
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.
GBA & SRA EVENT BOOKING FORMS
Click here to find the GBA & SRA Event Booking Forms.
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 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 07960 942118.
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!
‘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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Interest Form.
SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES 2013
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 email@example.com.
Aberdeenshire, AB34 4UL
Tel: 013398 81230
Fax: 013398 81255
For further details please visit the website at www.dounesidehouse.co.uk.
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 on the hyperlink to view.