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23 Mar 19

SIRMOOR ‘ARMCHAIR’ BATTLEFIELD TOUR – “GURKHAS IN ITALY 1943-45” – GURKHA MUSEUM – 16TH MAY 2019

As a precursor to the Sirmoor Club’s proper Battlefield Tour in Italy in September, with Bob Couldrey as our Tour Guide, we are having a wider study of “Gurkhas in Italy 1943-45’ under the guidance of Gordon Corrigan at the Gurkha Museum in May.  However, as this Armchair Battlefield Tour will be of interest to all ex-members of 2GR, 6GR, 7GR, and 10GR, all of whom were all involved in the WW2 Italian campaign, this Calling Notice is going out on a wide GBA circulation for all those who might be interested to attend. The details are as follows:

Subject: “Gurkhas in Italy 1943-45″

Date:  Thursday 16th May 2019

Tour Guide: Major Gordon Corrigan MBE

Place: The Library, Gurkha Museum

Timings:

1030 – Coffee & biscuits

1100 -1200 –  Battlefield ‘Tour’ with Gordon Corrigan

1200 -1230 –  Discussion/Open Forum

1230 – Drinks (cash bar) followed by Curry Lunch in the Gallery Room.

Cost: £26.00ph. Payment: Either by cheque made payable to ‘The Sirmoor Club’ and sent to Bruce Jackman: Garden Apartment, 2 Litfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LT. Or by BACS: Lloyds Bank; Account – Sirmoor Club 2nd Gurkha Rifles; Ac No – 00599397; Sort Code – 30-11-75. Reference: ‘ACBFT – Italy’.

Bookings: Please apply to Bruce Jackman at bruce.jackman@btopenworld.com or 0117 973 3317. Although this Sirmoor Club event is open to all Gurkha Regimental Associations, Sirmoor Club members will take priority initially. Reservations will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

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22 Mar 19

DEATH OF MAJOR B E A PASCOE, (LATE OXF & BUCKS, 1 GJ, 1 RGJ, 1/2 GR (1962 – 1964), 4(V)RGJ)

It is with regret that I pass on the news of the death of Major Brian Pascoe (1/2GR 1962-64).

PASCOE – Bryan Edward Albert died peacefully on 16th March 2019, after a short illness at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester. Adored by his wife Tessa, children Edward, Sarah and Giles and grandchildren Freddie, Felix, Harry, Molly, Max, Sophie, Toby, Helena and little Tessa and much loved by family and many friends. Sincere thanks to Frimley Park Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Thanksgiving service at Chichester Cathedral on Wednesday 10th April, at 3.30pm. No flowers please. Donations to St Wilfrid’s Hospice via www.reynoldsfunerals.co.uk.

Published in The Times on Mar. 21, 2019

 Obituary. A copy of the Rifles obituary notice with the address for letters of condolence can be read here ‘Pascoe Notice.  

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 BRIGADE OF GURKHAS EXPANSION  

For detail on the plans for expansion in the Brigade of Gurkhas please read the following documents:

GBA Website Expansion Notice

MOD Statement

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OP BANNER 50 – 14 AUGUST 2019 – NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

General. The Royal British Legion has announced plans to host a commemorative event at 14:00 on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland – the longest continuous operation in British military history.

Location. The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, home of the Armed Forces Memorial.

Event registration and accreditation.   Please note that the event will be a closed, accredited event.

Invitations and accreditation will be managed using a similar process to the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph.

Booking & Registration. If you are interested please contact the Major Manikumar Rai, Bde Sec (Tel 0127641 2737) by 01 Jun 19 who will centrally register GBA attendees.

Eligibility. To attend, individuals must have been awarded the GSM (NI).

Timelines:

I Jun 19. GBA Bids to Maj Manikumar Rai, Bde Sec

16 Jun 19. RBL Closing date for Registration.

Final week Jul 19. Tickets will be sent via email in the final week of July

For Additional Info. For additional information please visit the RBL Op Banner Webpage and Op Banner 50 – FAQ Page.  

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15 Mar 19

7GR IMPHAL-KOHIMA TALK & CURRY SUPPER PROGRAMME  

 The confirmed dates and locations for the Imphal-Kohima talks are as follows:

  • 27 Mar – ‘Dress Rehearsal’ at Garfields Aldershot Office. 30 places with complementary Drinks & Curry
  • 4 and 5 Apr – Gurkha Museum. ‘GM Flier’. Contact Ms Charlie Martin 01962 842832.
  • 11 Apr – Canterbury.  See’ Leros Flier’ or view in the Events Page –  Booking & Forms Calendar.
  • 15 Apr- Oriental Club, London W1C 1ES. Contact Mr Garfield Smith on Mob 07770357564 
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8 Mar 19

THE LAST SIRMOOR DELHI DAY DURBARS

Dear Sirmooris,

At the 2GR Trust meeting this morning, it was confirmed that what is likely to be the last two great gatherings of Sirmooris would take on SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER this year. One will be in England at the RIVERMEAD LEISURE CENTRE, READING and is being organised by the Sirmoor Sathies.  Some 2,500 and their wives are expected to attend.

The other will be held on the same day but at the POKHARA EXHIBITION CENTRE, Prithvi Chowk, Pokhara, Nepal and is being organised by the Sirmoor Club, Nepal. About 1,500 old soldiers and their wives are expected. It will be an informal gathering with games, dances, drinks and lunch starting at about 0900hrs and finishing mid afternoon or later. A detailed programme will be available nearer the time

I have again taken on the role of UK coordinator and the purpose of this email is to ask which members of the Sirmoor Club would consider going to the Pokhara Durbar. September is the start of the tourist season and Nepal has become a popular destination. To get the dates we want it would be wise to make provisional bookings by the end of April or sooner if possible. No cash or deposit is needed but just an indication of whether you are thinking of going.

As Pokhara is a fair distance to go for a lunch party some Sirmooris might want to add a bit more adventure to their trip and we are getting costs and details on the following:

  1. An extension to Lhasa, Tibet. See attached Daily Telegraph Lhasa article kindly provided by Nick Hinton. Probably fly out and minibus back to Kathmandu over about 8-10 days.
  2. An extension to Bhutan and back to Kathmandu. No details yet but will get them if anyone is interested.
  3. A pony trek in Mongolia. This sounds like real Kubla Khan stuff and I will find out more! Just let me know if you might be interested!
  4. Anything else that you might want to consider?

Please drop me an email if you think you might go –  dthomas@thomas-s.co.uk or if there is any other info I can help with my mobile is best – number below

Yours ever,

DAVID

DAVID THOMAS

07711 409 599

Principal Thomas’s London Day Schools

President CAIRN Trust 

Chairman BRANNGO

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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 aloo published on the GBA websitehttps://www.gurkhabde.com/  

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7GR IMPHAL-KOHIMA TALK & CURRY SUPPER – GURKHA MUSEUM – 4 & 5 APRIL 2019

Due to the popularity of the Imphal Kohima Lecture and Curry Supper on 4 April, tickets have been are SOLD OUT), however the Gurkha Museum has added an additional date for the next day on 5 April 19, please see booking details at – Imphal Kohima – Britain’s Greatest Ever Battle Lecture and Curry Lunch Friday 5th April 19 10.30am for 11.00am Tickets £35.00.

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THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS 2019

The GBA do not intend to have a presence at the Op BANNER 50 or Monte Cassino 75 commemorations, but individuals are welcome to attend if they wish to do so.

 OP BANNER 50 – 14 AUGUST 2019 – NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

The Royal British Legion has announced plans to host a commemorative event at 14:00 on Wednesday 14 August 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Armed Forces’ deployment on operations in Northern Ireland in response to growing sectarian unrest – the longest continuous operation in British military history. The event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, home of the Armed Forces Memorial.

Over the course of the operation, 300,000 troops were deployed to Northern Ireland supported by significant numbers of men and women from the emergency services. During that time, 1,441 UK Armed Forces personnel died, either in Northern Ireland, or because of paramilitary actions in other countries; all their names are listed on the Armed Forces Memorial.

The ceremony will be apolitical, secular and non-celebratory; appropriate in both tone and content. Centred on the Armed Forces Memorial, the ceremony will seek to honour the service and sacrifice of the relevant veterans from both the military and the emergency services. To attend, individuals must have been awarded the GSM (NI) (or civilian equivalent in the case of the emergency services).

Within the ceremony, time will be allocated to remember the 1,441 personnel killed during “The Troubles” and it is entirely appropriate that two members of each bereaved family should attend. The Legion will work with the appropriate agencies to enable their attendance. Whilst it is recognised that many other family members may wish to also attend, the primary audience for this particular ceremony is focussed on those that served on Op Banner and the attendance priority will therefore reflect that.

Accreditation. Please note that the Legion event at the Arboretum will be a closed, accredited event. Invitations, validation and accreditation will be managed using a similar processes used each year as part of the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph. As with the Cenotaph, we would be grateful for your continued support and help.

The Legion, therefore, will not accept applications from individual veterans but will instead direct applicants to their parent Association / Single Service Lead to issue invitations. Full details and the relevant Legion accreditation portal will open in Mid-March 2019 and the intent is to manage access exclusively via electronic ticketing.

You will receive a link via email by w/c 11 March to enable you to issue invitations.

Veteran Associations and the Single Services are asked to promote the event to their respective membership and serving communities in order to achieve full participation further details can be found on RBL Op Banner website page :

Prior to a Legion-provided lunch for all those attending, there will be an opportunity for those units and Associations with memorials at the Arboretum to host their own discrete activity. Associations intending to take advantage of this opportunity are asked to register their intent with the Arboretum directly at Arboretum Events.

Please note that there will be no capacity for additional members of Associations to gain access to the event on 14 August 2019 other than those appropriately accredited to attend the Op Banner 50 commemorations.

All resourcing costs relating to the event are being met by a combination of a specific Libor Grant awarded by HM Treasury and the Legion. Sadly, funding is neither available to cover individual travel costs nor to fund related Association events.

MONTE CASSINO 75, 11 MAY 2019 – National Memorial Arboretum

This year we will be remembering the heroism, courage and collaboration of the over 200,000 Allied and Commonwealth forces, who came from all corners of the earth, to fight in the battles of Monte Cassino and the Italy Campaign.

On Saturday 11 May, The Royal British Legion will hold an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the final battle of Monte Cassino and commemorate the wider Italy Campaign at the National Memorial Arboretum.

For more information, please click on Monte Cassino 75, 11 May 2019.

For further information email : commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk<mailto:commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk

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KUKURI 2018 EDITION 69 – CALLING NOTICE REMINDER

Further to the notice published on 1 Mar 19, this is a gentle reminder that articles are due in by the end of March 19. For ease see the original “Calling Notice” for Kukri 2018 -Edition 69.   Please send any articles ASAP, but before 30 Mar 19.

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3 Mar 19

7GR IMPHAL-KOHIMA TALK & CURRY SUPPER – GURKHA MUSEUM – THURS 4TH APRIL 2019

 General. Following a very successful battlefield tour earlier this year to Imphal-Kohima, Garfield Smith has put together a nationwide lecture tour to commemorate these pivotal battles which are sadly generally little known about. Tim Bean, Senior Lecturer in the War Studies Department at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, who is a Burma theatre specialist, has agreed to give the talk  – and is kindly giving his time for free. The talk has been kindly opened up to the wider GBA so please book early.

Date & Location. The first lecture will be held at The Gurkha Museum on Thursday 4 April 2019.  Times are as follows:

6.30pm Pre-talk drinks reception
7.00-8.30pm Lecture by Tim Bean
8.30-9.30pm Curry Supper (by Bindhya Gurung)

Tickets. Tickets are £35. Limited to about 60 in total and can be booked from the Gurkha Museum website at  https://thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/event/imphal-kohima-britains-greatest-ever-battle/

Any money raised will go to the Gurkha Museum Trust.

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COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION – “VOICES OF LIBERATION” PROJECT

 Please read the message from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission concerning their Project “Voices of Liberation”. If you are able to contribute please contact Kirst Mills direct.

From: Kirsty Mills <kirsty.mills@cwgc.org<mailto:kirsty.mills@cwgc.org>>

Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 15:46

Subject: CWGC Voices of Liberation project

To Whom it May Concern,

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you – my name is Kirsty and I work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the organisation which cares for the graves and memorials of 1.7 million casualties from the First and Second World Wars. I’m getting in contact regarding an exciting project we are working on this year.

2019 marks 75 years since some of the most defining moments of the Second World War. Today the CWGC’s iconic cemeteries and memorials remain places of pilgrimage for veterans and descendants, tended by our gardeners and treasured by local communities. We want to capture people’s memories of these unique and poignant sites, showcasing their important role at the heart of remembrance as we know it today.

We are planning to capture these memories through the creation of a unique digital project called “Voices of Liberation”. We will be asking people to respond to five questions, recording their thoughts and feelings about Liberation and our sites as symbols of remembrance. These will then be included in an online archive which will be captured for posterity. We are looking to include as wide a range of voices as possible from Veterans to CWGC staff, family pilgrims to local people. We hope that this will provide a broad reflection of how people feel about and connect with these incredible sites.

I am reaching out to you in the hope that you may be able to provide me with some contacts that would be interested in getting involved in the project. Amongst the Ghurkha Brigade Association you have an array of individuals who are perhaps some of the most acquainted with the sites of Liberation – in particular, Monte Cassino. It would be most interesting to have the reflections of these veterans and family members of those who served recorded in posterity for our archive, and we would love for your organisation to contribute to the project.

It is very easy to get involved and will take no more than half an hour of your time.

If you think you should know of anyone who might be interested in being a part of this project, please let me know and I would be more than happy to provide more details.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Many thanks,

Kirsty Mills

External Relations Administrator

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead,Berkshire, SL6 7DX. United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1628 507249

 Fax: +44 1628 771208

 Website: www.cwgc.org 

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1 Mar 19

SIRMOOR CALENDAR 2019 & BOOKING FORMS

Under the SRA (Sirmoor Club) Events Page you will find links to two calendars. These are:

Sirmoor Calendar 2019.   This standalone Calendar can be downloaded and printed as a bi-fold A5 mantelpiece calendar.

Sirmoor Events 2019 & Booking Forms. See the rolling calendar of Sirmoor Club, GBA, Gurkha Museum and Britain Nepal Society events for 2019. The forms link is to be updated, if necessary please contact the Hon Sec.

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SIRMOOR SATHI 2GR MINI DURBAR UK – 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Initial details for the Sirmoor Sathi Delhi Day ‘Mini Durbar’ in the UK is shown in the Sirmoor Sathi Mini Durbar Flier. Please note that booking are required by 2 August 2019:

Sirmoor Sathies in the UK are asked to book for UK and Pokhara durbars direct with Maj Samundra Gurung

Sirmoor Club Members are asked to book as follows:

For UK – Maj Nigel Wylie Carrick

For Pokhara Nepal – Maj David Thomas

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COLONEL THE VISCOUNT SLIM OBE – SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING 16 MAY 19

A copy of the Daily Telegraph notice is shown below. If you wish to attend please apply for tickest soonest:

SLIM.—Colonel The Viscount Slim OBE. A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Colonel The Viscount Slim OBE will be held at 12 noon on Thursday 16th May 2019 at the Guards Chapel, London SW1. To apply for tickets please email memorial@marsandminerva.co.uk or write to The Occupier, PO Box No 35051, London NW1 4WF. Tickets will be posted by 25th April 2019.

Online ref: A231538

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GURKHA MUSEUM LECTURES 2019

Please see dates below with a link to all of them. Tickets can be booked online through the Gurkha Museum Events Page.

Date: Friday 3 May

Speaker: Adrian Hayes

Subject: One Man’s Climb; a journey through Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2

Tickets: £35.00 including tea/coffee on arrival, the lecture and a two course curry lunch

https://thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/event/lecture-and-curry-lunch-one-mans-climb-a-journey-of-trauma-tragedy-and-triumph-on-k2/

 

Date: Friday 21 Jun

Speaker: Dr Robert Lyman

Subject: Field Marshal The Viscount Slim’s Approach to War

Tickets: £35.00 including tea/coffee on arrival, the lecture and a two course curry lunch

https://thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/event/lecture-curry-lunch-field-marshal-the-viscount-slims-approach-to-war/

 

Date: Friday 6 September

Speaker: David Morgan

Subject: The Falklands War 30 Years On

Tickets: £35.00 including tea/coffee on arrival, the lecture and a two course curry lunch

https://thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/event/lecture-and-curry-lunch-the-falklands-war-37-years-on/

Date: Friday 15 November

Speaker: Captain Jon Armstrong

Subject: Record Breaking Atlantic Row

Tickets: £35.00 including tea/coffee on arrival, the lecture and a two course curry lunch

https://thegurkhamuseum.co.uk/event/lecture-and-curry-lunch-record-breaking-atlantic-row/

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KUKURI 2018 EDITION 69

Please find attached the “Calling Notice” for Kukri 2018 -Edition 69” and note the following:

  • It will covers the period 1 Jan 18 to 31 Dec 18. This is particularly important for Staff Lists as the old “Red Book” (Army Staff List) is no longer published and Kukri is the only source of information about a units ORBAT for 2018.
  • Photographs MUST be 500 KB otherwise it will be “grainy” when published.
  • Articles should reach me by 30 Mar 19.For Regimental Associations:If you have any articles from your own Regimental Journals/Association events that would be of interest to the wider Brigade please forward them to me and I will endeavour to include them under the GBA Section.
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25 Feb 19

NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST

Members will be pleased to note the following Honours awarded in the New Years Honours List 2019:

CBE – Col James Robinson Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas. See letter of congratulation from Chairman GBA, Colonel David Hayes.

MBE – Lieutenant Scott SEARS, The Royal Gurkha Rifles. Lieutenant Scott Sears, 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, became the youngest person to reach the South Pole alone and unassisted, on Christmas Day 2017. He raised more than £40,000 for the Gurkha Welfare Fund whilst conducting the record breaking feat in his own time.

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GURKHA MUSEUM – DUPLICATE JOURNALS

The Gurkha Museum is currently in the process of rationalising its collection of journals and have uncovered a number of duplicate publications.   As these are surplus to our requirements we would like to offer them out to the Associations in case they might be of interest.

Below is a list of the journals and newsletters we hold:

  • The Kukri – At least 1 full run from the 1940’s to the late 2000’s, with duplicates of many of these.
  • 1GR Newsletter – Early 1990’s issues
  • 5RGR Newsletter – 1960’s, c.1985-1995.
  • Indian Army Association Newsletter – c.1992-2000
  • 4GR Officers Association Newsletter – Mostly 1970’s-1980’s
  • The Bugle and Kukri – Mostly 1980’s-early 1990’s
  • 2GR Regimental Association Quarterly Newsletter – Mostly 1950’s-1960’s
  • The Sirmoree – Late 1990’s- Early 2000’s
  • 7GR Regimental Journals – Mostly 1970’s
  • 3GR Officers Association Newsletter – Mid 1980’s
  • Queens Own Gurkha Transport Regiment Journal – 1995, 1999
  • Queens Gurkha Engineers Magazine – 2002.

If anyone would like to enquire about a particular edition of any of these please contact Christine Bernath christineb@thegurkhamuseum.co.uk (Assistant Director  tel 01962 842832 (ext 5)) who can trawl through copies required. Equally you would be very welcome to come and have a look through them yourselves. We would ask for a small contribution towards the Museum funds where possible, but have not priced the journals individually. Please do share this with anyone else who may be interested.

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TUKER AWARD 2018 – LT HORNBY 1RGR

The Tuker Award 2018 has been awarded to Lt James Hornby 1RGR.

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RECENT DEATH NOTICES OF GURKHA SIRMOORIS

The following notices on the death of Gurkha Sirmooris have been received:

Capt Sukdeo Pun (1st Bn 1948 – 69). 10 Feb 2019.

Capt Dhirbhusansing Thapa (2ND BN – Clerks Pl 1955 – 79). 6 February 2019.

Cpl Rambahadur Gurung (1st Bn – BO Mess Cpl). 3 February 2019.

21160138 WO2 Yadav Moktan (1st Bn Clerks Pl). (Known as Yadav Tamang) 29 January 2019

21156517 Sgt Sukbahadur Gurung (1st Bn ex B Coy). 9 January 2019 in an hospital from pneumonia.

Lt Danbahadur Ale. 8 January 2019. (1st Bn) 8 January 2019 (Maj Krishnakumar Ale’s Kaka, also ex 1/2 GR).

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Capt Sukdeo Pun (1st Bn 1948 – 69).  He died in his home in Pokhara on 10th February 2019. After the arrival of two sons, Capt Ghanasyam Pun 2/2 GR and 21166802 Cpl Nardev 1/2 GR  from the UK the funeral took place on the 12th. His 83 yr old widow, 4 sons, 3 daughters and other family members, relatives and a number of Pokhara Sirmooris were at the Manipal Ghat for the cremation of this 88 yr old Sirmoori.  Born in 1930 Sukdeo saheb joined the Bde of Gurkhas on 20th October 1948 and retired in June 1969. His last appointment in the Battalion was 2IC C Coy.  Capt Dudman Gurung 1/2 GR has extended our heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family on behalf of all Sirmooris in Nepal, India, Brunei, Hong Kong and the UK.

Note from Bruce Jackman: ….’ I believe Sukdeo saheb was always in C Coy. He was badly wounded at Tutong during the Brunei Rebellion when Tony Lea was commanding C Coy. Sukdeo saheb was 11Pl Commander with me in C Coy when we did our tour at Ba Kelalan in 1964/65. I recall him saving his platoon from being overrun by a company of Indonesians by extracting them from an ambush position that had been compromised and withdrawing into an almost impregnable defensive position in amongst some very large buttress trees and huge rocks from where they held out for over 4 hours while I was trying to arrange for their rescue. Helicopters weren’t available for 5 hours; we had no gun; 11 Pl was some 6 miles from the camp and out of range of our mortars. Rescue finally came through the actions of a RAF Javelin (high-level interceptor) aircraft that could only fire its afterburners over the jungle canopy, which caused huge explosions and fooled the Indonesians into thinking they were being bombed. Helicopters finally arrived and I was lifted with 9 Pl (Lalit saheb) into an LP near the scene of the action to come to the aid of 11 Pl, by which time the Indonesians had fled leaving evidence of many killed and wounded who they carried away (we recovered one body). 11 Pl only suffered one minor casualty. It was an outstanding piece of leadership by Sukdeo to maintain fire discipline over such a protracted period, and ensure the safety of his platoon while inflicting severe casualties on the enemy. He was a very good officer indeed; excellent in the jungle, and with a lovely dry sense of humour. I shall miss him dearly. Please would you convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to his widow, sons and daughters and the rest of his family at this very sad time.’

Capt Dhirbhusansing Thapa (2ND BN 1955 – 79).   Died in Norvic Hospital, Kathmandu on 06 February 2019. Enlisted in 1955 he was Head Clerk in 2/2 GR from late 1973 to early 1979. He was then posted to BGC Paklihawa and served there until it closed down in 1979. The funeral took place in Pashupati the same day. Amidst a large number of Sirmooris, mostly clerks from 2/2 GR, and other relatives and family friends he was cremated.  His youngest son, Umesh, performed the last rites.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter. Condolences on behalf of all Sirmooris in Nepal, India, Brunei, Hong Kong and the UK were extended to members of the bereaved family by SCN Executive Member Passang Wangyel Lama.

Cpl Rambahadur Gurung (1st Bn). Retired after serving as BOs Mess Cpl 1/2 GR for a long time. He died on 03 February 2019 at his home in Pokhara.  The funeral took place on Thursday 07 Feb 2019 at the Boudha Arghaun Sadan, Ramghat, Pokhara.  He is survived by 2 sons and 4 daughters. Captain Dudman Gurung 1/2 GR will convey condolences to members of the bereaved family on behalf of all 2 GR in Nepal, India, Brunei, Hong Kong and the UK.

21160138 WO2 Yadav Moktan (1st Bn Clerks Pl). (Known as Yadav Tamang). Passed away peacefully at the age of 67 while undergoing treatment for Dementia in Maidstone Hospital, Kent on 29 Jan 2019. He is survived by his wife and 2 children (son & daughter).  We miss him and his loss will be mourned by all who knew him both as a fellow Sirmoori and as a friend. His funeral was on Friday 8 February 2019 at 1600hrs at Vinters Park Crematorium, Maidstone in Kent: Post Code ME14 5LG.

Lt Danbahadur Ale. 8 January 2019. (1st Bn) 8 January 2019 (Maj Krishnakumar Ale’s Kaka, also ex 1/2 GR). Lt Danbahadur Ale passed away at 11am today at Alka 2 Hospital. He was a very good cross country runner of 1/2 GR.

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 LINKS TO GBA WEBSITE – FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

The GBA is trying to improve the passage of information and making Regimental Associations aware of each other’s events/achievements. The best way to do this is for members to “Like” the GBA so that all GBA members can follow your GBA feeds if they so wish.

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ITALIAN INGO/NGO ASSOCIATION GLOBAL SOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARDS – VOLUNTEER AWARD TO MAJOR DILBAHADUR GURUNG MVO 2/2GR

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. As explained by the FOCSIV President Gianfranco Catta, 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, that is awarded annually. Only two were awarded in 2018. See article for a copy of his citation.

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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 AGAIN WITHOUT MORTAR AMMUNITION 

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19 Feb 19

GBA EVENTS 2019 – WNGO

Please make a note of the GBA Events WNGO for 2019.

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75 ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MONTE CASSINO IN AID OF GWT AND CAIRN TRUST – 25 FEBRUARY 2019 – FINAL CALLING NOTICE

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, there is to be a fundraising Reception and Talk on the Battle of Monte Cassino, on Monday 25 February 2019. The event is hosted by Bonhams on the initiative of Charles Thomas (nephew of David Thomas) who is a director of Bonhams and also a trustee of the CAIRN Trust. This talk is a fundraising event for GWT and the CAIRN Trust with a suggested donation of £50 per person attending.

To register interest Sirmooris should email Alice Higgins alicehiggins@cairntrust.org  at the CAIRN Trust or telephone her on 020 3327 4178.

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SIRMOOR CLUB REUNION – 11 MAY 19

The Sirmoor Club Annual Reunion at the Travellers Club on Sat 11 May 19 at 1215 for 1300 hours. For further details please read the Sirmoor Club Reunion 2019 Booking Form and return to the Hon Sec by 11 Apr 19.

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A DEDICATION SERVICE OF A PLAQUE TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL GEOFFREY WOOLLCOMBE IN ASHBURY CHURCH AT 6.30 PM ON 12TH MAY 2019.

On Sunday 12th May ( the day after the 2 GR reunion lunch) there will be a service to dedicate a memorial plaque to Lieutenant Colonel G H D Woollcombe who commanded the Second Battalion throughout the 1941-42 Malayan Campaign and who perished in somewhat tragic circumstances as described by `The Woollcombe Connection’ article in the 2018 `Sirmoorie’ .

The service will be held at the Woollcombe family church of St Mary the Virgin , Ashbury , Devon. EX203PE at 6.30 pm. After the dedication service there will be a small reception in the churchyard.

To get an idea of likely numbers any member wishing to attend do please contact Christopher Bullock  (01837657424 or bullock60@hotmail.com) –also if in need of directions or advice on overnight accomodation .

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FINAL CALLING NOTICE – SIRMOOR WW2 ITALIAN CAMPAIGN BATTLEFIELD TOUR – 31 AUG-5 SEP 19

This is the Final Calling Notice for this Battlefield Tour. It is open to the GBA because many units were involved in the 4th Indian Division’s thrust up through the centre of Italy to the Gothic Line so it will be of interest to others besides ex-2GR.  The closing date for applications to Brigadier Bruce Jackman by email (bruce.jackman@btopenworld.comis 28 February 2019A deposit of £50 will be required by 31 March 2019 to secure hotel bookings etc for what is a busy time in the season in Italy.

The details are:

Dates31 Aug-5 Sep 2019

Tour Guide and Organiser: Lt Col (Retd) Bob Couldrey 7GR. Bob has conducted tours covering the advance of the 4th Indian Division over these battlegrounds before and is well versed in the 1/2GR actions.

Cost: For planning purposes the cost is about £600 per person – this includes hotels (B&B), transport, and Bob Couldrey’s costs. It doesn’t include flights (see below). Costs may vary depending on numbers – more people may reduce costs (e.g., share of the cost of the coach etc).

Flights: We propose to let people arrange their own flights to suit their nearest departure airport. Also it will enable any plans they may have to extend the tour either before or afterwards in what is a beautiful part of Italy. However, everyone will be required to meet the coach at Florence Airport at a given time on Day One to start the tour, or make their way direct to the hotel in Arezzo. The nearest airports for return are Bologna (2 hrs from Rimini where we end the tour) or Ancona (about 1hr from Rimini), unless people wish to extend their stay and return from somewhere else. We shall be as flexible as we can over travel arrangements and details will be requested in the Joining Instructions.

Itinerary:

Sat 31 Aug 19. Fly to (or meet at) Florence Airport. Coach to AREZZO. Night in AREZZO.

Sun 1 Sep 19. Attend official unveiling of a Memorial and the opening of a ‘Battle Trail’ (75th Anniversary) on the feature north of AREZZO where all 4th Indian Division were involved. Night in AREZZO.

Mon 2 Sep 19. Visit AREZZO Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Study 1/2GR operations north of AREZZO and cover partisan activity etc., in the area. Night in AREZZO.

Tue 3 Sep 19. AM. Cover further actions in the AREZZO area. PM. Drive by coach to URBINO. Night in URBINO.

Wed 4 Sep 19. Study 1/2GR operations around AUDITORE (where Gordon Shakespear won his MC) and 2/7GR operations around TAVELTO in the Gothic Line (where Brig ‘Birdie’ Smith, who commanded 1/2GR in 1965-68, won his DSO as a very young officer). Visit the Gurkha Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in RIMINI. Study 4th Indian Division operations in SAN MARINO, including the VC action of Sherbahadur Thapa 1/9GR. Night in SAN MARINO.

Thu 5 Sep 19. Coach to Bologna Airport for return to UK for those who wish to fly from there, or continue private holidays under own arrangements.

Attendance: The closing date for applications to Brigadier Bruce Jackman by email (bruce.jackman@btopenworld.comis 28 February 2019A deposit of £50 will be required by 31 March 2019 to secure hotel bookings etc for what is a busy time in the season in Italy.

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8th Jan 19

1/2GR WWII ITALIAN CAMPAIGN BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2019 – Update


Since the original Calling Notice for this Battlefield Tour was promulgated in Sirmoor Notices on 15 Oct 18 and again on 24 Nov, with a final reminder sent by email on 8 Dec 18, asking for expressions of interest by 16 Dec 18, the take-up has been disappointing. Just 8 people have expressed an interest. There are at least 8 more vacancies available. Accordingly this Battlefield Tour has been opened up to all Gurkha Regimental Associations (RAs) with a closing date of 28 Feb 19. Any Sirmoori wishing to come on this tour should act very quickly (see Attendance below) to avoid being disappointed by vacancies being taken by Members of other Gurkha RAs. A reminder of the details are as follows:

Dates: 31 Aug-5 Sep 2019

Tour Guide and Organiser: Lt Col (Retd) Bob Couldrey 7GR. Bob has conducted tours over these battlegrounds before and is well versed in the 1/2GR actions.

Cost: For planning purposes the cost is about £850 per person – this includes flights, hotels (B&B), transport, and Bob Couldrey’s costs. Costs may vary depending on numbers – more people may reduce the costs (e.g., share of the cost of the coach etc).

Flights: Fly from London into Florence and return from Bologna. The departure airport will depend on the best deal at the time – group bookings attract discounts.

Itinerary:

Sat 31 Aug 19. Fly London to Florence. Coach to AREZZO. Night in AREZZO.

Sun 1 Sep 19. Attend official unveiling of a Memorial and the opening of a ‘Battle Trail’ (75th Anniversary) on the feature north of AREZZO where all 4th Indian Division were involved. Night in AREZZO.

Mon 2 Sep 19. Visit AREZZO Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Study 1/2GR operations north of AREZZO and cover partisan activity etc., in the area. Night in AREZZO.

Tue 3 Sep 19. AM. Cover further actions in the AREZZO area. PM. Drive by coach to URBINO. Night in URBINO.

Wed 4 Sep 19. Study 1/2GR operations around AUDITORE and 2/7GR operations around TAVOLETO in the Gothic Line (where Brig ‘Birdie’ Smith, who commanded 1/2GR in 1965-68, won his DSO as a very young officer). Visit the Gurkha Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in RIMINI. Study 4th Indian Division operations in SAN MARINO, including the VC action of Sherbahadur Thapa 1/9GR. Night in SAN MARINO.

Thu 5 Sep 19. Fly Bologna to London.

Attendance: The closing date for applications to Brigadier Bruce Jackman by email (bruce.jackman@btopenworld.com) is 28 February 2019. A deposit of £200 will be required by 31 March 2019 to secure hotel bookings and flight discounts for what is a busy time in the season in Italy.

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13 Dec 18

1/2GR WWII ITALIAN CAMPAIGN BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2019 – EXPRESSION OF INTEREST NOMINAL ROLL  

 The details of this Battlefield Tour were promulgated in Sirmoor Notices on 15 October and again on 24 November. Both notices were seeking ‘declarations of interest’ at this stage for planning purposes only. The deadline for responses is 16 December – just a week away.

So far the following 9 people have expressed an interest: Bruce & Carol Jackman, John Harrop, Brian Clesham & Lisa Lloyd-Davies, Jez Haworth, Edward Mackaness, Nigel Haynes, and Rob Bulloch.

If anyone thinks they have expressed an interest but is not on this list, or have not yet expressed an interest and wishes to do so, please contact Bruce Jackman asap – bruce.jackman@btopenworld.com or (H) 0117 973 3317 or (M) 07771 923586. 

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DEATH OF COLONEL RUNCE ROONEY OBE (Late 1 KGVO GR and 7 DEO GR.

I regret to inform you that Colonel Runce Rooney OBE 7GR passed away on 9 Dec 18 at 1245 hrs.  A copy of the notice placed in the Daily Telegraph is copied below:

ROONEY.—Bertram Francis Louis (Runce) Colonel OBE, late 7th Gurkha Rifles and 1st KGVO Gurkha Rifles. Devoted and much loved husband of Veena and the late Beppy and proud father of Stuart. Died peacefully at home  in his 97th year. Funeral Service at St George’s Church, Harnham* on Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 11.30 a.m. Family flowers only, donations if desired for Gurkha Welfare Trust, c/o I.N. Newman Ltd, 55 Winchester St, Salisbury, SP1 1HL. Tel: 01722 413136.
Online ref: 562613

(* St Georges Church, Lower Street Harnham, Salisbury, SP2 8HB).

If you wish to attend please could they inform Keith Robinson (Paul Gay away on holiday) on (Keith Robinson [mailto:kgrobinson27@googlemail.com].

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WARNING ORDER – REGISTRATION FOR SRA(N) MINI DURBAR (NEPAL), AT POKHARA – 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

TO ALL 2GR VETERANS RESIDING OUTSIDE NEPAL

WARNING ORDER – REGISTRATION FOR SRA(N) MINI DURBAR 2019

THE SIRMOOR CLUB (NEPAL) WILL ORGANISE A SIRMOOR MINI DURBAR (NEPAL) 2019 TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 IN POKHARA, NEPAL TO CELEBRATE DELHI DAY CENTRALLY FOR ALL SIRMOOR CLUB NEPAL BRANCHES.

There will be an entrance fee for those living outside Nepal to cover the cost of catering, entertaining and drinks. It will be a one day event but registration will take place the day before on 13 Sep 2019. Details on the venue and programme will be given later. If you wish to attend, please give your names to Captain Karnabahadur Thapa the Durbar Secretary on karnabthapa@gmail.com (wef Jan 19) copy to Major David Thomas MBE in UK on dthomas@thomas-s.co.uk 

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 WARNING ORDER – REGISTRATION FOR SRA(N) MINI DURBAR (UK) IN READING 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

 WARNING ORDER  – REGISTRATION FOR SRA(SIRMOOR SATHIS) MINI DURBAR (UK) 2019

THE SIRMOOR SATHIS WILL ORGANISE A SIRMOOR MINI DURBAR (UK) 2019 TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 AT THE RIVERMEAD LEISURE COMPLEX, RICHFIELD AVENUE, READING, RG1 8EQ TO CELEBRATE DELHI DAY CENTRALLY FOR SIRMOORIS RESIDING IN THE UK.

Details to follow.

Sirmoor Club Members who would like to attend are asked to inform the Hon Sec Maj N D Wylie Carrick on honsec@2ndgoorkhas.com  

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GBA OUTLINE PROGRAMME FOR 2019

 As we come to the end of 2018, please note for your diary a “heads up” about the GBA events for 2019. The Admin Instructions (AI) with booking forms and payment will be issued in due course, but for your dairy, they are as follows:

  1. 11 Mar 19 – Commonwealth Memorial Gate Ceremony, London. RAs wishing to lay wreaths are to let Bde Sec know so that I can order the wreaths in good time.
  2. 1 May 19 – GBA Outreach Briefing, RMAS.
  3. 8 Jun 19 – GBA Memorial Service and Reunion Lunch, RMAS.
  4. 9 Jun 19 –Indian Army Memorial Service, Patcham Down.
  5. 8 – 12 Jul 19- Brigade Week, RMAS.
  6. 10 Jul 19 – Brigade Dinner Night, RMAS.
  7. 13 Jul 19 – Nepal Cup Final and GBA Bhela, Aldershot.
  8. 12 Sep 19 – GBA/HQBG golf competition.
  9. 7 Nov 19 – Field of Remembrance, Gurkha Statue and GBA AGM, London. Bde Sec will order wreaths for all RAs.
  10. 9 Nov 19 – NMA Remembrance Service, Stafford.
  11. 10 Nov 19 – Armistice Day, Cenotaph March. Tickets for this event is limited, so I will allocate tickets to RAs.
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GURKHA MUSEUM – ORAL RECORDINGS OF GURKHA HISTORY

The Gurkha Museum is about to embark upon an exciting oral history project at the museum with the help of Catriona Oliphant who’s had extensive experience of producing these recordings and whose father served with the Gurkhas.

To start the project off I need to produce a list of veterans who would be willing to do a short interview with Catriona.

The following key areas in our collections where oral history recordings would be beneficial, but we are happy to take any suggestions you might have.

Historical areas to focus on:

  • Malaya (particularly 1948-55)
  • Brunei Revolt 1962
  • Borneo Confrontation 1962-65 (particularly the soldiers’ perspectives and any information we might be able to get about Claret).
  • Cyprus 1974
  • Falklands 1982 (not crucial but we could do with some additional information)
  • Op Granby, Op Telic, Op Herrick

Themes:

  • Peacekeeping
  • Changes to the Brigade post 1994
  • Life in Hong Kong before the handover
  • How things have changed for the Gurkhas now that they’re based in the UK (rather than in Malaya, Hong Kong, Singapore etc.

These are just some initial thoughts, but we would be happy to work out a plan based on who’s available to be interviewed – we may identify more relevant themes once we know who we’ll be interviewing.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Christine Bernáth (Assistant Director  Gurkha Museum) Christine Bernath [mailto:christineb@thegurkhamuseum.co.uk]
or by telephone Office on 01962 842832 (ext 5)

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 KUKRI JOURNALS 1966 – 2016

 If any member would like a complete set of Kukri Journals from 1966 up to 2016 or a specific year please contact the Hon Sec on Honsec@2ndGoorkhas.com. Please note some of the earlier Journals may be a bit worse for wear.

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 BOOKS – ‘NEPAL-UK DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS: BICENTENARY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION’

The Institute Foreign Affairs (Nepal) has recently published a book entitled ‘Nepal-UK Diplomatic Relations: Bicentenary Anniversary Celebration’, edited by Dr Indra Adhikari.

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BFBS INTERVIEW: GURKHA LEGEND JP CROSS: THE BRITISH ARMY OFFICER WHO TURNED NEPALI

 A copy of the BFBS Interview with Lt Col J P Cross at ‘Gurkha Legend JP Cross: The British Army Officer Who Turned Nepali’.

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QUEEN MARY LEGAL ADVICE CENTRE – LAW FOR FORCES PROJECT

Please read the following offer from the QMLAC

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre ‘Law for Forces Project’ offers free and confidential legal advice to those currently serving in the armed forces, those who have served, and their families. We act as a first-tier advice agency: providing preliminary advice on the strength of the client’s case, the processes that need to be followed, and an explanation of complex legal issues. They provide a safe and confidential environment for you to talk about your legal issues and will give written advice within fourteen days of an appointment. If we can’t help, we will signpost or refer you to an alternative organisation that can. Legal advice is delivered by Student Advisors under the supervision of qualified lawyers. 

I hope The Sirmoor Rifles Regimental Association can help us promote this project this year! With your help, we have spread the projects to so many within the military community in need of legal advice. I hope our collaboration can continue this year to spread this wonderful project to many more.

Please pass on our details to book appointments, contacting us on 020 7882 3931. Our project has appointments available covering contract/consumer, landlord and tenant and employment matters.

If you have any questions, please email us at lac@qmul.ac.uk

Many thanks,

Beth

Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Team

Legal Advice Centre

G1 | School of Law

Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road

E1 4NS

 Tel: 020 7882 3931

If you require further details on the School of Law, QMUL, please visit their Website at www.lac.qmul.ac.uk

LAC Poster 

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24 Nov 18

URGENT DECLARATION OF INTEREST – 1/2GR WORLD WAR II ITALIAN CAMPAIGN BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2019

 The Sirmoor Club intends to organise a battlefield tour of the 1st Battalion’s WW II Italian campaign in Central Italy up to the Gothic Line – this is after the battles of Anzio and Monte Cassino which we visited in 2009. It is considered logistically too difficult to combine those battles again with this tour. The outline details are as follows:

Dates: 31 Aug-5 Sep 2019

Tour Guide and Organiser: Lt Col (Retd) Bob Couldrey 7GR. Bob has conducted tours over these battlegrounds before and is well versed in the 1/2GR actions.

Cost: For planning purposes the cost is about £850 per person – this includes flights, hotels (B&B), transport, and Bob Couldrey’s costs. Costs may vary depending on numbers – more people may reduce the costs (e.g., share of the cost of the coach etc).

Flights: Fly from London into Florence and return from Bologna. The departure airport will depend on the best deal at the time – group bookings attract discounts.

Itinerary:

Sat 31 Aug 19. Fly London to Florence. Coach to AREZZO. Night in AREZZO.

Sun 1 Sep 19. Attend official unveiling of a Memorial and the opening of a ‘Battle Trail’ (75th Anniversary) on the feature north of AREZZO where all 4th Indian Division were involved. Night in AREZZO.

Mon 2 Sep 19. Visit AREZZO Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Study 1/2GR operations north of AREZZO and cover partisan activity etc., in the area. Night in AREZZO.

Tue 3 Sep 19. AM. Cover further actions in the AREZZO area. PM. Drive by coach to URBINO. Night in URBINO.

Wed 4 Sep 19. Study 1/2GR operations around AUDITORE and 2/7GR operations around TAVELTO in the Gothic Line (where Brig ‘Birdie’ Smith, who commanded 1/2GR in 1965-68, won his DSO as a very young officer). Visit the Gurkha Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in RIMINI. Study 4th Indian Division operations in SAN MARINO, including the VC action of Sherbahadur Thapa 1/9GR. Night in SAN MARINO.

Thu 5 Sep 19. Fly Bologna to London.

Attendance: Please would anyone considering going on this trip declare an interest to Brigadier Bruce Jackman by email (bruce.jackman@btopenworld.com) as soon as possible and before 16 December 2018 so that detailed planning can take placeThereafter firm commitments, possibly with deposits, will be required in early 2019 (date tbd) to secure hotel bookings and flight discounts for what is a busy time in the season in Italy.

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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  <mail to: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

NEWS FROM MEMBER – 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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RGR ANNUAL REUNION AND ARMY Vs NAVY RUGBY – 04 MAY 19

The RGRRA Reunion will be held at Twickenham on 04 May 19 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.

As mentioned in previous correspondence the new timings for next year’s event will be as follows:

1130 hrs – Stadium and all bars open

1215 hrs – Bhat served

1330 hrs – Service bars close

1400 hrs – Army v Navy match Kick Off

1545 hrs – Service bars re-open

1615 hrs – UKAF U23 v Oxbridge U23 Kick Off

1730 Hrs – All bars close (excluding hospitality)

1800 Hrs – Stadium clear

Please note that children under the age of 14 are not allowed entry into any bar in the stadium.

If you wish to attend please complete the RGR Annual Reunion Booking Proforma and return to Major Bruce McKay (bruce.mckay100@mod.uk) with your cheque or confirmation that you have paid by bank transfer.

Last year’s event was another great success and it was oversubscribed, please book and pay at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

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14 Nov 18

TALK BY LT GEN SIR PETER DUFFELL ON 7 DEC 18 – ‘A GURKHA ODYSSEY: 200 YEARS’ SERVICE TO THE BRITISH CROWN’

Lt Gen Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC late 2GR/RGR is giving a talk on the history, character and spirit of the Gurkha soldier at the National Army Museum. The details are as follows:

Date: 7 Dec 18

Venue: The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT. Contact details Phone: 020 7730 0717, Email: info@nam.ac.uk

Timings: Starts at 11:30 am.

Admission: FREE

You can get further details from: https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/gurkha-odyssey-200-years-service-british-crown

This will be an interesting and informative talk to all Sirmooris, particularly those in and around London.

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11 Nov 18

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (11 NOVEMBER 2018) – MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 2ND GOORKHAS 

From: President 2nd Goorkhas

To all ranks of the 2nd Goorkhas.  This Sunday, the 11th November 2018, we commemorate the end of the First Workd War, then believed to have been the war to end all wars. On this historic occasion we specifically remember the sacrifice of all British, Commonwealth and Allied soldiers, and especially those from Nepal, who served and died for the British Empire with selflessness and dedication in the First World War. We also remember those who survived but suffered the psychological strain and physical injuries that stayed with them for the rest of their lives. In particular we remember all ranks of the 2nd Goorkhas who served with distinction in France, Egypt. Mesopotamia, Persia and the North West Frontier of India. We owe them a huge debt of honour and they are not forgotten.

Finally, we remember all ranks of the 2nd Goorkhas who have given their lives in peace and war in the service of the British Indian Army and British Army since 1918. We also remember all those of our antecedent Regiment, the Royal Gurkha Rifles who have  paid the ultimate sacrifice, particularly in Afghanistan, and in whom our long cherished traditions continue.

May they forever rest in peace in the knowledge that they were known and loved by those dear to them and their fellow officers and soldiers.

Jai Hos, Jai 2nd Goorkhas, Jai Nepal. Hami bulnu sakdaina ra hundaina.

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6 Nov 18

RECEPTION AND TALK ON THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF MONTE CASSINO IN AID OF GWT AND CAIRN TRUST – 25 FEBRUARY 2019 

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, there is to be a fundraising Reception and Talk on the Battle of Monte Cassino, on Monday 25 February 2019. The event is hosted by Bonhams on the initiative of Charles Thomas (nephew of David Thomas) who is a director of Bonhams and also a trustee of the CAIRN Trust. This talk is a fundraising event for GWT and the CAIRN Trust with a suggested donation of £50 per person attending.

The GWT will be publicising the event shortly but are happy for this Advance Notice to be placed on the 2nd Goorkhas web site. Please note that numbers are fairly limited and this will be a popular event. Early registration is strongly recommended!

To register interest Sirmooris should email Alice Higgins (alicehiggins@cairntrust.org) at the CAIRN Trust or telephone her on 020 3327 4178.

Please put the date 25 February 2019 in your diaries. Confirmation of booking will be confirmed in due course.   

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ITALIAN INGO/NGO ASSOCIATION GLOBAL SOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARDS 2018 – MAJOR DILBAHADUR GURUNG (EX 2/2GR) 

All Sirmoories will be pleased to note that Major Dilbahadur Gurung has been voted for the prestigious Italian INGO/NGO Association Global South Volunteer Awards for 2018. Major Dilbahadur Gurung has done much for his community in the village in Shyangja and remains as active as ever.

He travels to Rome on 26th November 2018 and will receive his award on 29th November 2018.

Further details to follow.   

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I Nov 18

GURKHA MUSEUM LECTURE 16 Nov 18 – Reflections of a Soldier in Hong Kong by Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC – Last chance to book 

Friday 16 November 2018 at 1100 – Reflections of a Soldier in Hong Kong given by Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC. There are a few places remaining for what will be of great interest to all Sirmoorees who served in Hong Kong.  Please book direct with the Gurkha Museum or by phone 01962 842832 / 01962 843201.

Please view the Gurkha Museum Lecture Programme for further details.

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‘ESSAYS ON NEPAL’ by GENERAL SIR SAM COWAN

Gen Sir Sam Cowan’s book ‘Essays on Nepal’ will be launched on the 22nd Nov 18 at the ‘SOAS South Asia Institute’ in London.

Details of the launch can be found at the following link: https://www.soas.ac.uk/south-asia-institute/events/22nov2018-essays-on-nepal.html 

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ARMY V RAF RUGBY MATCH AT GLOUCESTER RUGBY GROUND (KINGSHOLM) – SATURDAY,  27TH APRIL 19 

Maj Bruce Mckay attended the Army v Navy Rugby meeting which was the first meeting to discuss the Army v Navy match in 2019.

One of the topics for discussion was the ARU asking Corps/Regimental Associations to increase the attendance at the Army v RAF match, they are normally played in Aldershot or at a RAF station mid-week and therefore attendance is very poor to say the least.  Next year it will be played at the Gloucester Rugby ground (Kingsholm) who are in the English Premiership on Saturday,  27th April 19.

This may give the RGRRA/GBA an opportunity to host an event for RGRRA members.  There is a Nepalese restaurant located only a 2 minute walk from the ground which could be used as the venue for a lunch before the match to have a good old fashioned chin wag and of course a great ‘Bhat’ and of course watch the match afterwards.

What are your views on this suggestion?

Would you be interested in attending?

If there is sufficient demand Maj Mckay will organise the event by booking the restaurant and purchase the match tickets in bulk for distribution to those attending.

If interested in attending the Army v RAF Rugby at Gloucester Rugby ground (Kingsholm) please contact Maj Bruce Mckay direct. 

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ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION REGIONAL NETWORK

For those Sirmoorees who also served with Royal Gurkha Rifles please read the note from Major Sam Meadows on the RGRRA Regional Network. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please contact Major Sam Meadows direct.  

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29 Oct 18

SIRMOOR CLUB ELECTRONIC AGM 2018 – AGENDA

Members are asked to read the Sirmoor Club AGM 2018 – Agenda which can be found in the Sirmoor Club Secure Area and forward their votes on Items 1 – 3 & 6 plus any additional comments using the Vote and Comment Return  and send by email to the Honorary Secretary or by post to Major N D Wylie Carrick, St Michael’s, Shepton Beauchamp, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0LP).

Responses are required by 1 Dec 18.

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15 Oct 18

GBA DINNER NIGHT (8 NOV 18) (2GR ATTENDANCE & FINAL REMINDER)

Despite the deadline of 10 Oct having passed, there is still the opportunity to make a late booking. The following Sirmooris have booked so far:

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple

Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell

Colonel William Shuttlewood

Major David Thomas

Major Nigel Wylie Carrick

Major Narkaji Gurung

Captain Raju Gurung

Captain Pittamber Gurung

To view the full list click on GBA attendance as at 15 Oct 18.   It’s not too late please book direct with the Brigade Secretary, Major Manikumar Rai.

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MENEN GATE IN YPRES ON SUNDAY 11 – 12 NOVEMBER 2018

 Brig David Willis intends to attend the ceremony at the Menen Gate in Ypres on Sunday 11th November. For a programme of events please visit the website at Menen Gate 2018.

Scroll down the list of events, note there is to be a ceremony of remembrance at the Indian Army memorial which is situated on the Ypres town ramparts on Monday 12th November at 11.00 am and hopes to attend that too. Checking the history of the IA in Belgium/France six Gurkha battalions were a part of the Indian Corps in 1914-15.

David Willis is further hoping to go on in the afternoon to Bethune just over the border in France to visit the cemeteries around the town where a number of BOs and GORs of 7 GR are buried. They were apparently attached as reinforcements to 2/2 GR, 1/9 GR and 2/8 GR)

If you are interested in joining David Willis on the 11th and 12th November , please contact him direct.

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 1/2GR WORLD WAR II ITALIAN CAMPAIGN BATTLEFIELD TOUR 2019

The Sirmoor Club intends to organise a battlefield tour of the 1st Battalion’s WW II Italian campaign in Central Italy up to the Gothic Line – this is after the battles of Anzio and Monte Cassino which we visited in 2009. It is considered logistically too difficult to combine those battles again with this tour. The outline details are as follows:

Tour Guide and Organiser: Lt Col (Retd) Bob Couldrey 7GR. Bob has conducted tours over these battlegrounds before and is well versed in the 1/2GR actions.

Cost: For planning purposes the cost is about £850 per person – this includes flights, hotels (B&B), transport, and Bob Couldrey’s costs. Costs may vary depending on numbers – more people may reduce the costs (e.g., share of the cost of the coach etc).

Flights: Fly from London into Florence and return from Bologna. The departure airport will depend on the best deal at the time – group bookings attract discounts.

Itinerary: This will probably be a 5 days tour between Sat 31 Aug and Sun 8 Sep – exact dates to be determined when events on the ground are confirmed. For instance on 1st September it is believed there is to be an opening of the War Memorial and War Trail in the POGGIO DEL GRILLO area north of AREZZO, which was very much a 4th Indian Division battle. Also there is likely to be a 75th anniversary event in TAVALETO on Saturday 7 September which might be worth attending. At present the outline itinerary is:

Day 1. Fly London to Florence. Coach to AREZZO. Night in AREZZO.

Day 2. Visit AREZZO Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Study 1/2GR operations north of AREZZO and cover partisan activity etc., in the area. Night in AREZZO.

Day 3. AM. Cover further actions in the AREZZO area. PM. Drive by coach to URBINO. Night in URBINO.

Day 4. Study 1/2GR operations around AUDITORE and 2/7GR operations around TAVELTO in the Gothic Line (where Brig ‘Birdie’ Smith, who commanded 1/2GR in 1965-68, won his DSO as a very young officer). Visit the Gurkha Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in RIMINI. Study 4th Indian Division operations in SAN MARINO, including the VC action of Sherbahadur Thapa 1/9GR. Night in SAN MARINO.

Day 5. Fly Bologna to London.

Attendance: Please would anyone considering going on this trip declare an interest to Brigadier Bruce Jackman by email (bruce.jackman@btopenworld.com) as soon as possible and before Christmas. Thereafter firm commitments, possibly with deposits, will be required in early 2019 (date tbc) to secure hotel bookings and flight discounts for what is a busy time in the season in Italy.

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ABBREVIATED ADDRESS LIST (as at 15 Oct 18).

The Sirmoor Address List 2018 (as at 15 Oct 18) 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.   Please check your address details held and let the Honorary Secretary know of any changes required.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy Statement.

The new GDPRs came into effect on 25 May 18. All members are asked to read the SRA(SC) General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy Statement and Consent Form. There is no requirement for existing members with membership prior to 25 May 18 to sign the consent form, however all new members will be required to sign the consent Form as part of their Application process.

If you wish your details to be removed from, or receive a hard copy of the Sirmoor Address list, please contact the Honorary Secretary.

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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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5 Oct 18

‘STYLE FOR SOLDIERS’ OPEN INVITATION TO VIEW ‘ART IN THE AFTERMATH’ AT LA GALLERIA, PALL MALL, SW1Y 4UY BETWEEN 6 – 18 NOVEMBER 2018 

Emma Willis (D/o Michael and Audrey Willis, 1st Bn 2nd KEO Goorkhas 1955 – 57) founded STYLE FOR SOLDIERS in 2008 in response to a documentary about the many and severe casualties incurred in Afghanistan. She visits Headley Rehabilitation Centre for the injured to make complex trauma and neuro patients a complementary bespoke shirt in luxury cottons and to those patients who need them, a hand carved ebony walking stick with a buffalo horn handle, and silver band engraved with their regiment and initials. In partnership with Marks & Spencer and Russell & Bromley, she also provides suits and shoes for those applying for new careers in civilian life. She was recently awarded an MBE for her services to military veterans, including many Gurkha soldiers, with traumatic injuries.

In view of her support to injured Gurkha servicemen please make every effort to attend, please see:

Invitation to Attend  ‘Art in the Aftermath’

Full details of the event please see the Press Release.

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ARMY NAVY MATCH 2019 – RGRRA AGM & REUNION 

The annual Army v Navy match is an extremely popular fixture with record-breaking attendances at Twickenham Stadium. However, with the increase in attendance, there has also been a rise in incidents both inside and outside of the stadium that fall below the standards of conduct and behaviour expected.

The Match Committee has worked closely with the RFU, Metropolitan Police and the local community to agree a strategy for the future. This includes the introduction of measures to reduce the impact on the local community.

This will be achieved by no longer playing the morning fixtures at Kneller Hall, bringing the Army v Navy fixture forward to 1400 and then playing the UKAF U23 v Oxbridge U23 fixture on completion of the senior fixture.

It is with great regret that the actions of a small minority of attendees have resulted in this change but it is hoped that it will not significantly impact on the enjoyment of the day by those attending the game next year.

The date and venue for the Women’s and Army Masters v Royal Navy Mariners fixtures in 2019 are under investigation and further details will be announced before tickets to the Army v Navy Senior XV match go on public sale on 14th November 2018. In addition, the timing and venue of the Women’s fixture for future years remains under review by both the Royal Navy Rugby Union and Army Rugby Union.

This will have some impact on our Reunion with all the normal timings being brought forward by one hour as follows subject to final confirmation:

Bar Opens                   –           1100hrs

Bhat served                  –           1200hrs

Kick Off                      –           1400hrs

Bar Opens/Closes       –           15.30 – 1830hrs

Ticket application forms with confirmed timing will be issued in Jan 19. Please note that tickets are limited and if you wish to attend, you need to book early!

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VETERANS GATEWAY – UPDATED  

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.

Veterans Gateway Update – March 2017

Website at www.veteransgateway.org.uk

Advertisement Veterans Gateway Housing Support.

Contact Telephone: 0808 802 1212

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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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POSTPONMENT OF THE SIRMOOR ARMCHAIR BATTLEFIELD TOUR – 16 OCTOBER 18

Due to a change of circumstances the Sirmoor Armchair Battlefield Tour scheduled for 16 October has had to be cancelled.  Gordon Corrigan was going to cover WWII in Burma in more detail than in the past as a precursor to the proposed real Battlefield Tour of Burma scheduled for 2019.

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POSTPONMENT OF SIRMOOR BATTLEFIELD TOUR – BURMA 2019

Brigadier Ian Rigden, currently in Myanmar and has organised the itinerary for our visit – has advised that in view of the planned elections that are due in Myanmar in 2019, it would be wise to postpone the Battlefield Tour until 2020. Further details will be issued in due course.  

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GBA DINNER NIGHT – 8 NOV 18 (FINAL REMINDER)

Those planning to attend the GBA Dinner on Thursday 8 Nov at the Army and Navy Club are required to send their booking form to the Bde Sec by 10 Oct 18.  

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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 18

ORIENTAL CLUB CURRY LUNCH ON FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2018

 Sirmoories may be interested in attending the Oriental Club traditional Curry lunch on Friday 14th September. They are prepared to offer up to 50 places on this particular occasion, drinks and canapes will be served at 12:30 in the Shamiana. The Club Pipers will then call the opening of the Curry buffet at 13:00.

For future Curry lunches the numbers of covers available can be confirmed in advance. The next Curry Lunch will be Fri 9 Nov 18. The cost for Oriental Club Members is £48 and £58 for guests.

If interested in attending on 14 Sep or 9 Nov please contact the Hon Sec.

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SRA (SIRMOOR SATHIS) ANNUAL DELHI DAY REUNION – SAT 15 SEP 18

 If you are planning to attend the Delhi Day Reunion please let me know soonest. Please note the location is at the Empire Banqueting Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1DJ which is opposite the GWAC, Aldershot. The following have booked:

Rank Name Bn DoS 2018
Brig John Brewer CBE 1st & 2nd Bn 65 – 94 1
Maj Norman & Alison Corbett DL 2nd Bn 63 – 78 2
Lt Gen Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC 1st Bn 60 – 94 1
Col Nick Hinton MBE 1st & 2nd Bn 73 – 92 1
Capt Piers Johnson 1st Bn & 2GR 91 – 94 1
Maj John Lamond MBE 1st Bn 51 – 85 1
Col William Shuttlewood OBE 1st & 2nd Bn 70 – 94 1
Maj & Mrs David Thomas MBE 2nd Bn 61 – 69 2
Maj Nigel Wylie Carrick MBE 1st Bn 73 – 94 1
 
FM Sir John & Lady Chapple GCB CBE KStJ DL 1st Bn 54 – 94 Regrets

For further details please see the Booking Form published on the Sirmoor calendar on the Events Page. Sirmoor Club members should arrive by 1130 for Khana followed by the Delhi Day programme. The Nishani Mai will be on parade.

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GBA MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE NMA – 10 NOV 18

 Please find attached the Admin Instr for the GBA NMA Memorial Service at the Gurkha Chautara, in the National Memorial Arboretum on 10 Nov 18.

Please let me know if you are planning to attend by 30 Sep lattest in order to meet the 1 Oct 18 deadline for Wreath Orders and Attendance returns.

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RECENT DEATHS IN NEPAL

 Lieutenant Probir Rana (2nd Bn 1960 – 66). Died 9 December 2017. A copy of his obituary can be read at Lieutenant Probir Rana.

Lieutenant Tekansing Gurung (1st Bn). Lt Tekansing Gurung 1st Bn passed away on the morning of 10th of August 2018 in Pokhara. His last appointment in the Bn was Recce Pl Comd. No further details received but his funeral took place same morning at around 1100 in Pokhara.  Our Pokhara Branch Chairman Capt Karna Thapa represented all 2nd Goorkhas, SCN, Sathies UK and SC UK, at the cremation and conveyed our condolences to the bereaved family members of the deceased.

Captain Bhagtasing Pun MM. Capt Bhagtasing Pun MM,died at Gandaki Medical College Hospital Pokhara on 15 August 2018. His son Maj Bishnukumar Pun MVO (1st Bn) was in Nepal for his death.
Capt Bharatsing Chettri, Maj Yam Gurung and Capt Karna Thapa were among those invited to Capt Bhaktasing Pun’s 100th Birthday on 1st January 2017.  Capt Karna plus other Sirmooris in Pokhara attended the funeral. Capt Karna will represented all 2nd Goorkhas in Nepal, Sathies UK and SC UK. A copy of his obituary was published in the Daily Telegraph and in The Times (24 Aug). A copy of the full obituary written by General Peter Duffell can be read at Capt Bhagatsing Pun MM Obituary.

Lieutenant Jitman Pun (1st Bn). From Captain Bharat Sing Thapa Chhetri . Just received sad news from Capt Bhisansing Gurung from Bhairahawa that Lt Jitman Pun 1/2 GR passed away last Friday, 7th Sep, at his home in Butwal. He was RSM 1/2 GR in Hong Kong in mid 70’s (I think). He was L B Pun Saheb’s ‘Maruni’ in D Coy as Lcpl during the jungle ops in Long Pasia, Sarawak, in 1964 – 1966. He didn’t have any children. I’ve called and asked Bhisan saheb to convey our sincere condolences to his wife.

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PROMOTION TO MAJ GEN – BRIGADIER G M STRICKLAND DSO MBE

Brigadier G M Strickland DSO MBE, currently Head of Operations (Military), Operations Directorate, Ministry of Defence is to be Deputy Commanding General, III (United States) Corps, in the rank of Major General, in succession to Major General F G Gedney OBE, in May 2019.

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THE CHEMIN DE LIBERTE (In memory to her late grandfather Bob Wade (late SOE)) by Carina Evans.

Members will be interested to read this article by Carina Evan on the ‘The Chemin de Liberte’ walked in early July 2018 in memory of her late grandfather Bob Wade (SOE).  

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CAPTAIN BISHNU SINGH (2nd Bn 1980 – 94) – DOKO CHALLENGE 2018.

 Capt Bishnu Singh (also a Sirmoor Club member) is on course for his ‘Doko Challenge’ that started in 2018, ‘1 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

VISIT TO HILLIER GARDENS – 23 AUGUST 2018 

This event normally takes place in June, but Hillier Garden postponed it due to the bad weather earlier in the year and has been rescheduled for Thu 23 Aug 18.  We need a minimum of 15 to make this a viable event.  If you plan to attend please inform the Brigade Secretary (tel 01276 412737) ASP (was required by 9 Aug).   Instructions and Booking Form.

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GURKHA BRIGADE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GOLF DAY – THU 13 SEP 18

For those who have booked the Final Instructions will be available on the website shortly.  Please note returns are returns required by 10 Aug 18.

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REGIMENTAL HISTORY

A set of three volumes of the 2GR regimental history printed by Gale & Polden in 1950/52 can be found in Richard Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye.  They are in reasonable condition considering their age and are priced at £200.

Inside the front of each volume there is a label stating that the set was presented to General Pugh by the officers of the 2nd Goorkhas upon his appointment as Colonel of the Regiment in May 1956. They were sold after his death and were acquired by a retired air commodore who has since decided to sell his collection of books some of which, including the history, were acquired by Richard Booth’s Bookshop.

Note:  Volume II of this edition is particularly hard to find.

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2ND BATTALION GET TOGETHER – 16 March 2019

The next 2nd Battalion Get Together will be held on 16 March 2019 from 1145 am onwards until late afternoon.

The location is the same as for 2018:

Tomlinscote School

Frimley

Surrey

GU16 8PY

As in previous years the event is self-funding. The entrance ticket, which covers a curry buffet meal, is usually about £15 per head but exact cost will be confirmed nearer the date.  There are no VIPs nor external guests.

In 2018 a number of 2nd Battalion British Officers attended, including  seconded officers, but it would be much appreciated by the Gurkha Ranks who attend if more could attend. They very much look forward to seeing their ex BOs and it great fun meeting old friends.  Any officer who wishes to attend should contact Uttar Gurung, The Chief organiser for further details and any updates closer to the event. Telephone 07828 212550  or email grguttar_36@hotmail.com (please note the lower underline _  between uttar and 36).

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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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9 Jul 18

APPLICATION TO MARCH AT THE CENOTAPH PARADE 11 NOV 2018

Please note that the closing date for applications to march at the Cenotaph Ceremony to be with the RBL has been brought forward to Monday 20 August. To date we have two members marching! If you plan to march please ensure that you pass on ALL details as required for the Cenotaph Booking Form to the Hon Sec by Mon 13 August. For full details please go to the Sirmoor Club Notice Board.

A copy of the earlier notice is repeated below.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) is responsible for the Cenotaph Veterans’ Parade in Whitehall on Sunday, 11 November 2018. As this year marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, the demand to participate is expected to be much higher than normal.

In accordance with HMG plans for this year’s ceremony, the number of spaces on the Veterans’ Parade will remain limited at 10,000 places. A second procession drawn from the General Public which file past the Cenotaph after the Veterans’ Parade. Planning is underway to de-conflict the marchers and to keep the area of Horse Guards Parade the preserve of the Veteran community as in previous years.

In order to plan ahead, please could you ask those of your members who wish to march to provide me with details as per attached form. Each RA has been allocated 15 marching places, however all bids can be submitted in order of priority to ensure GBA places are filled.

Cenotaph Return Form 2018. Sirmoor Club and Sirmoor Sathis Honorary Secretaries are to collect applications from their respective members and complete the Cenotaph Return. Individual applicants are required to provide the following information:

Title/Rank

First Name (this must be the name on photo ID)

Last Name

Date of Birth (please use the format DD/MM/YYYY)

Place of Birth

First line of address

Town

Postcode

Military number (where applicable)

Criteria (see Category Box below)

Regtl Assn: 2GR SRA

Category 1 Ex-Service Personnel holding a campaign medal
Category 2 Civilians deployed on operations in support of the Military
(Includes; Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Civil Servants)
Category 3 Ex-Service Personnel with no campaign medal
Category 4 Bereaved Spouses (who died on operations)
Category 5 Veteran association representatives
Category 6 Military Charities and associated Civilian groups

Applications. Nominations with full details are required to be sent to the Hon Sec by Mon 13 Aug 18 in order for the GBA return to be submitted to the RBL by Mon 20 Aug 18.

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LATE CAPTAIN BILL SMYLY (3/2GR) – DAILY TELEGRAPH OBITUARY 

Bill Smyly Funeral Address given by the Reverend James Reveley (Vicar of St Andrew’s, Bedford)

Reading given by Bill Smyly on Christmas day 2017 

Bill Smyly – Daily Telegraph Obituary. You may have to register with the Daily Telegraph to open this document

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29 Jun 18

GBA BHELA – 7 July 2018

The Brigade of Gurkhas Bhela will take place on 7th July 2018 on Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot. For full details please see the GBA Website Bhela 2018 Notice.

For a copy of the poster in Deva Nagri, please click on the following GBA Bhela 2018 – Nagri.

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CALLING NOTICE – GBA GOLF MEETING 2018 – THU 13 SEP 18

Please see the Calling Notice for the GBA Golf Meeting 2018 taking place on Thursday 13 September at Weybrook Park GC, Rooksdown Lane, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9RT.

Please note that payment (£47.50pp) is to be made direct to Weybrook Golf Club. Details of how to pay are in the instruction.

Please would any Sirmoori who would like to play let Bruce Jackman have their name and handicap by Mon 6 August after which a consolidated return will be submitted.

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‘AYO RGR’ – ONLINE PRI SHOP

The official launch of the ‘AYO RGR’ our official online PRI Shop will officially be opened by Brig Gez Strickland, Col RGR at the RGR Regimental Birthday Party that is being hosted by 1RGR in Shorncliffe on Sunday, 1 Jul 18.

You can access the website via the following link:   www.ayorgr.co.uk

It is our intention to add considerably more Regimental items on the site in the forthcoming weeks.

RGR RA members will be entitled to a 10% discount on any purchases you make via this site. Each member of the RGR RA has been allocated their own personal discount code which can be obtained from the RGR Regimental Secretary, Major Bruce McKay.

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SEARCHING FOR BURMA’S FORGOTTEN WORLD WAR TWO HEROES

24 June 2018 – By Alex Bescoby is co-founder of Grammar Productions and the producer of Forgotten Allies: the search for Burma’s lost heroes

A group of British volunteers goes to Myanmar every year to find and support veterans who fought for the UK in World War Two. BBC Link: Searching For Burma’s Forgotten World War Two Heroes

Searching for Burma’s Forgotten Heroes is also available on the General Media News page of the 2nd Goorkhas website.

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16 Jun 18

MINUTES OF THE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE SIRMOOR RIFLES ASSOCIATION (THE SIRMOOR CLUB) HELD AT THE ORIENTAL CLUB ON WED 14 FEBRUARY 2018

The minutes of the Sirmoor Club Committee Meeting held on 14 February 2018 can be found in the Sirmoor Club Secure Area:

Sirmoor Club Committee Meeting Minutes

Sirmoor Club Accounts 2017

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy Statement and Consent Form. Note: All existing members should read the Policy Statement and Consent Form which applies to all members. There is no requirement for existing members with membership prior to 25 May 18 to sign the consent form. All new members will be required to sign the consent Form as part of their Application process.

Sirmoor Calendar 2018 (Revised)

Tuker Award 2017 – Lt Oliver Goldsmith – Citation

Sirmoor Club Report 2017 & Budget Application for 2018 to 2GR Trust

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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.

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FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE LATE BRIGADIER SIR MILES HUNT-DAVIS GCVO, CBE

“The funeral will be held on Monday 2 July 2018 at 2pm at The Minster Church of St Denys, Warminster.  Family flowers only.  Donations to Britain Nepal Medical Trust or Dorothy House Hospice.  Enquiries to F. Curtis & Son, 01985 212033.”

Those attending the funeral may wish to note that there will be light refreshments served after the service in a marquee in the Warminster School grounds opposite the Minster.  This will merely involve crossing the road on foot; there will be no need to move the car.  

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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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ABBREVIATED ADDRESS LIST (as at 16 June 18).

TheSirmoor 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. Please check the details held and let the Honorary Secretary know of any changes required.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy Statement.

The new GDPRs came into effect on 25 May 18. All members are asked to read the SRA(SC) General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy Statement and Consent Form. There is no requirement for existing members with membership prior to 25 May 18 to sign the consent form, however all new members will be required to sign the consent Form as part of their Application process.

If you wish your details to be removed from, or receive a hard copy of the Sirmoor Address list, please contact the Honorary Secretary.

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6 June 18

SIRMOOR CLUB REUNION LUNCHEON (12 MAY 2018) – PHOTOGRAPHS

Sirmoor Lunch 12th May 2018 – Photographs

2 June 18

GURKHA BRIGADE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AND REUNION LUNCHEON, ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY SANDHURST 9 JUN 18 WITH ATTENDANCE LIST (as at 1 June 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.

4.  Attendance List as at 1 Jun 18 Attendance list

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

Battle Honours Ltd have confirmed 11 people so far going on this tour but the minimum required is 12. If we can’t achieve this number – just one more! – by the end of June the tour will be in jeopardy. If you have expressed an interest but not yet booked please do so by 30 June 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:

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 30 Jun 2018. Early booking of hotels is essential in this the centenary year of the end of WWI.

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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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10 May 2018

GBA TRAILWALKER

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

David G Hayes CBE
Chairman, Gurkha Brigade Association 

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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).

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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.

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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)

HQBG Lines to Take.

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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

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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 nigelstgeorge@outlook.com:

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. 

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08 Mar 18

SIRMOOREE

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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3 Mar 18

SIRMOOR PANAMA

See the following message from Christopher Lavender on Sirmoor Panama.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-grimshaw3

Thanks

Miles

M S BLACKFORD | Major | Contingent Commander | Ampleforth College CCF, York, YO62 4ER | Tel/Fax: 01439 766737 | Email: msb@ampleforth.org.uk

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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))

Gentlemen,

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:

GWT-N

Nigel Rowe

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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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14 Dec 2017

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.

2017 – 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.

2016 – 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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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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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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25 May 17

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 1

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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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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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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MARCH 2016

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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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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 ‘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 on the hyperlink to view.

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