SRA (Sirmoor Club) Noticeboard

19 Aug 17

SIRMOOR SATHIES DELHI DAY REUNION – 9 SEPTEMBER 2017. If you are planning to attend the Delhi Day Reunion please let me know by 1 Sep 17.

For further details please see the Events Page or Booking Form. Sirmoor Club members should arrive by 1130. Khana 1200-1245. Delhi Day Programme 1300 – 1800. The Nishani Mai will be on parade.

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GBA MARCHING CONTINGENT – CENOTAPH CEREMONY 12 Nov 17

Those planning to attend are to complete the Booking Form and return to the Hon Sec no later than 06 Sep 17.

For further details, please see theWarning Order’ and Booking Form which are being distributed early as we are required to provide the RBL the information on the enclosed spread sheet for each marcher by the 15 Sep 2017.  This information is required due to heightened security measures and one of these measures is for the Metropolitan Police to conduct individual security checks on all marchers.

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SIRMOOR BATTLEFIELD TOURS 2017 – 2019/20. Please read the proposals for future Battlefield Tours between 2018 – 2020. Replies are required by 15 September 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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UPDATES

The following updates have been added to earlier notices:

  • Miniature Medal. Miniature medals have been requested for the following Sirmoor Club Members for Miniature Medals which should be available for collection at the Sirmoor Sathi Delhi Day on 9 Sep 17. Cost £15 plus P&P if sent by post
  • 5/8 GR Platinum Anniversary. 5/8 GR Attendance List.

30 June 17

BNS LECTURE:  ‘A Memorial to Gurkha Soldiers’

The BNS are sponsoring a lecture on ‘A Memorial to Gurkha Soldiers’ given by Gavin Edgerley Harris, Director of the Gurkha Museum, followed by a Curry Lunch, on 17 July at 1100. For full details and booking please see the flier.

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.  The following members have requested Miniature Medals.

21 June 17

INVITATION TO PRESENTATION BY THE AUTHOR ON ‘FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHA – THE MAN AND HIS TIMES’. GURKHA MUSEUM 25 JULY 2017

Please find attached an invitation for to attend a presentation by Brigadier Behram M. Panthaki and Mrs Zenobia Panthaki promoting their book, ‘Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw – The Man and His Times’.  The cost of the lunch is £20 pp.  A cash bar will be provided. Spaces are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis 

Brigadier Behram M. Panthaki  and his wife Zenobia Panthaki have published a coffee table pictorial book on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.  The book was launched on April 3, 2014, on what would have been his ‘100th birthday’, by the then Chief of the Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, as part of his centenary celebrations.    They had a second launch in Bombay by the former Chief Justice of India.

So far the book has done very well with over 70 positive reviews in newspapers, journals, by eminent individuals and at various events.  It is available in more than 60 libraries worldwide, including The Library of Congress and the War College in Washington DC, at Sandhurst in the UK and in various Ivy League institutions.  In 2015 it won an award of Rs. 50,000/- at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival held at Kasauli, India.

The book is dedicated to men in uniform who lay down their lives defending our country and to their widows whose sacrifice is in equal measure. A major portion of the royalty is donated to the War Wounded Foundation and the War Widows Welfare Associations of India.

Brigadier Behram M. Panthaki  was commissioned into the 8 Gorkha Rifles and commanded 2/8 GR.  He served on Sam’s staff, as his ADC, for over six years and was a witness to most of the events related in the book.  With 200+ never-before-seen photographs and Sam’s personal correspondence with eminent world leaders like Lord Mountbatten, Field Marshal Auchinleck and heads of state, the book is a collector’s item.  It is anecdotal in format and sheds light on Sam’s military acumen, his rare mix of discipline and compassion and his concern for every soldier and his family and his unique and sometimes wicked sense of humour.  This is not a military history or a pedantic thesis, but an easy-to-read, entertaining and enlightening book that showcases a leader and a man of stature who stood up for his principles.  The background is a very light-brush of history and politics from 1947 to 1971, all of which Sam contributed to.

The late Lt Gen SK Sinha, 5 Gorkha Rifles, former Vice Chief of the Army Staff, has written the Foreword to our Book.  He had the privilege of working with Sam for over two decades and saw him grow from a Lt Col to a Field Marshal.

 Could you please reply direct to the Gurkha Museum by 4 July 2017 (First come first serve).

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20 June 17

5/8 GORKHA RIFLES (SIRMOOR RIFLES) PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION (28 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2017) – WARNING ORDER

General.  5/8 Gorkha Rifles (Sirmoor Rifles) are planning their Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in celebration of 75 years of service since they were first raised as the 4th Bn 2nd KEO Goorkha Rifles (Sirmoor Rifles) on 15 March 1941 at Dharmsala.  The Commanding Officer 5/8 GR (Sirmoor Rifles) has extended a general invitation to the former British and Gurkha Officers of the Sirmoor Rifles Association to attend the 5/8GR Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Hyderabad/Secunderabad, between 28 – 30 September 2017.   For Further details read the following:

5/8GR Platinum Jubilee WNGO

Initial Interest Booking Form

5/8 GR Attendance List.  

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24 May 17

GBA Memorial Service and Reunion (10 June 17) – Changes to the format

So far we only have 15 Sirmoories attending the Annual GBA Memorial Service and Reunion Lunch at RMAS on 10 Jun 17. This is the Brigade’s Memorial Service to commemorate all those British and Gurkha ranks who lost their lives whilst in service to the Crown.  Sirmoor Club and Sirmoor Sathis are encouraged to attend:

Attendance.  The current list of those attending the GBA Memorial Service and Reunion Lunch on 10 June 17 (as at 24 May 17) is attached.  Please note the closing date for any refunds was 10 May, however late bids can be received until COP on 1 Jun 17, after which table and seating plans will need to be worked on.  Please continue to encourage maximum attendance for the Brigades Annual Memorial Service and Reunion Lunch on 10 Jun 17.  There is no shortage of space.

Changes.  Please note that due to a reprogramming of the Commissioning Parade for the Professionally Qualified Officers Commissioning Course (PQOCC) to 10 June, there will be a few changes to the format of the GBA programme.  The PQOCC will use the facilities in Old College and the GBA will use the facilities in New College.  A Joining Instruction with maps of locations will be issued once details have been finalised after 1 Jun 17, however in outline, please note:

  • 1000 – 1600  Car Parking.  Due to the PQOCC Passing Out parade, the Old College square (including Le Marchant Square) is closed.   GBA car parking will be directed to the New College square (gymnasium end).  The New College lavatories in New College will be signposted.    To avoid conflict with the PQOCC Commissioning Parade guests, please enter the RMAS via the Staff College Gate, take the road past Victory College,  drive in front of Churchill Hall onto the New College Parade square (Gymnasium end) where you will be directed for car parking.
  • 1100 – 1200  Memorial Service.    The Memorial Service will be in two parts:   The Memorial Service inside the RMC itself followed by the GBA Act of Remembrance at the All Ranks Memorial outside the RMC entrance.
  • 1215 – 1245  Drinks.  Due to space constraints, pre Lunch drinks will be available in the New College in two locations as follows:
    • GBA President and Invited GBA members in the Officers Mess Ante room (Ground Floor) (for 50,   details to foll0w)
    • GBA members in the Bar and Ante Room (Gymnasium end) (for 143)
  • 1300 – 1430  Reunion Gurkha Curry Lunch.  New College Dining Room.  (layout to follow)
  • 1500 – 1630  6GRRA AGM and Tea.  Officers Mess (upstairs ante room for tea coffee,  Room next to Billiard room for the AGM)

If you have any concerns, please get back to me.  

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GBA BHELA 8 JULY 2017 – ALDERSHOT QUEEN’S AVENUE

 The GBA Bhela is open to all ranks, serving and retired with their families. There is no pre-advance ticketing. All food and stall tickets will be purchased on the day at the Ticket tent. Attendance is FREE. For further details go to the SRA Notice Board:

Tickets for Fun Fair or Segway/Shotgun activities are £5 for the whole day. All Sirmoories are strongly encouraged to attend. For further info visit the SRA Notice Board or read the links below:

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

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 futher details please read on: 

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

o www.veteransgateway.org.uk

o 0808 802 1212 

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20 May 2017

RECENT DEATHS

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

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

Date: Tuesday, 30th May at 13:45

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

Followed by refreshments at The Marriot Hotel, Meon Valley

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

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 GURKHA MUSEUM LECTURES (JUN & OCT 17)

 Please see the Gurkha Museum Lectures Jun & Oct 17 for the two excellent lectures for which tickets should sell out quickly. Book now to save disappointment.

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BOOK REVIEW. Please visit the News & Notices Section for Reviews on:

Admission’ by Henry March.

11 May 2017

REUNION LUNCH SEATING PLAN – 13 MAY 17

Please go to the website to download the Seating Plan for the Reunion Lunch next Saturday 13 May at 1200 hrs. If you open and print the .pdf document in ‘book format’ and double sided, the document will automatically print as a bi fold document.

There is no requirement to wear service medals, however the Sirmoor Medal should be worn on the right lapel.

2 May 17

TRAILWALKER – GURKHA BURHOS

From General Sir Richard Shirreff 

Dear Friends,

36 years on from serving with the 6th (QEO) Gurkha Rifles in Hong Kong, I’m returning to the Brigade of Gurkhas family by joining the team of Gurkha veterans (‘Gurkha Burhos’) in walking the Trailwalker event in aid of the Gurkha Welfare Trust: 100 kilometres across the South Downs at a Gurkha pace! You can help me raise money for this great cause by donating directly to my fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Shirreff.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Gurkha Welfare Trust and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

Thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

Richard

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01 May 17

RECENT DEATHS

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

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

 GBA ‘BHELA’ – 8 JULY 2017

 The next GBA Bhela will take place on the Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot on Sat 8 Jul 17 between 1000 – 1700. For further details read on  

Please read the following notices:

Bhela Notice

Bhela Flier

Bhela Site Map  (uploaded 1/5/17)  

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 GURKHA WELFARE TRUST – TRAILWALKER 2017 – (29 – 30 JUL 17) – THE GURKHA BHUROS

The Gurkha Bhuros are on the march again!

If you have no other specific team to sponsor, you are reminded that the ‘Gurkha Bhuros’ remain the premier GBA Trailwalker team for sponsorship.  The Gurkha Bhuros  appreciate that the QOGLR RA’s priority for sponsorship will be to their own Trailwalker ‘Pukha Burhos’, gallantly lead by Richard McAllister.

Note:  For those that did not know, the difference between ‘bhuros’ and ‘burhos’ is explained by John Cross;  ‘The spelling for old men should be BURHOS.  Bhuros is at the opposite end of the scale and means young lads’.

Please read the calling notice from David Hayes below:  

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Those of you whom I have approached in previous years have been hugely generous in your donations in supporting my entries in Trailwalker in aid of the Gurkha Welfare Trust – a 100 kms trek along the South Downs Way from The Queen Elizabeth Country Park Near Petersfield to Brighton Racecourse in under 30 hours. Spurned on by many of you as our supporters last year, our Team – The Gurkha Bhuros (Old Gurkhas) – completed the course in 18 hours and 40 minutes and raised £2,770 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

For those who may know the personalities, I am joined this year by General Sir Richard Shirreff, Brigadier Ian Rigden and Maj Rambahadur Pun.  Whether you are one of my loyal supporters from previous years, or have the joy of being on my updated list of contacts, I do hope you will be minded to be generous by donating to my Just Giving Site @:

David Hayes – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Hayes17

General Sir Richard Shirreff  –https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Shirreff

Brigadier Ian Rigden

Maj Rambahadur Pun

For a summary of the Gurkha Welfare Trust’s work, particularly post the Nepal Earthquake of 2015, please click on to the GWT website @:

https://www.gwt.org.uk

furthermore new donors, or even those of you who would be considering taking part in Trailwalker, please see the website @  https://www.gwt.org.uk/Event/trailwalker17

Either once again, or for the first time, thank you for your generosity.

On, on, and Jai Gurkha!

Salaams

David

David G Hayes    

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GBA ‘ACT OF REMEMBRANCE’ AT THE GURKHA CHAUTARA NMA – 11 NOV 17

 Following the Dedication Service and Opening Ceremony of the recently constructed ‘Gurkha Chautara’ at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in 2013 and 2014 respectively, it is our intention is to encourage those living in the Midland area and unable to travel to National Remembrance Day events in London, to attend a GBA ‘Act of Remembrance’ Services at the ‘Gurkha Chautara’, NMA on an annual basis.

For further details click on the SRA Notice Board.  

Please find attached the following documents:

General Notice (Annex A)

Booking Form (Annex B) 

Those attending are asked to confirm their attendance to the Executive Officer HQBG by 11 Oct 17.

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25 Apr 17

NUNEATON GURKHA REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 23 APRIL 2017

All are welcome for a special Annual event  on the 23rd April, 2017 at 11:00 am.  For details read on:   

See the flier at Gurkha Remembrance Sunday

To come and celebrate 202 years of Gurkha service to the Crown (1815 – 2017).

 

We hope to see your support to celebrate this special annual celebration commemorating Gurkha services to the Crown.

 

On behalf of the Gurkha Veteran Association Nuneton, Thank You! 

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SIRMOOR ‘ARMCHAIR’ BATTLEFIELD TOUR – 9TH MAY 2017 FINAL NOTICE

 

To date only 22 places have been booked for the next The Sirmoor ‘Armchair Battlefield Tour. This is a most enjoyable and informative talk followed by a great Curry Lunch. Details below:  

 

The Sirmoor programme of Armchair Battlefield Tours, under the guidance of Major Gordon Corrigan, continues with coverage of all the Battle Honours of the Royal Gurkha Rifles. Details are available on the Events Booking Forms:

 

Subject: “Gurkha Battle Honours – Ava, Bhurtpore, Aliwal, & Sabraon”

Date:  Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 1100 followed by Curry Lunch. 

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SIRMOOR CLUB REUNION (13 MAY 17)- FINAL NOTICE

With just over 2 weeks to go our numbers stand at 52 members attending. This is an enjoyable social occasion and we are lucky to be able to enjoy the good food and fine wine supplied by the Travellers Club. Please book now.  For details read on:  

The Sirmoor Club Annual Reunion will be held at the Travellers Club on Sat 13 May 17 at 1215 for 1300 hours. In view of increasing costs, the individual cost has been increased from £45 to £50.   Please submit your booking form or inform the Hon Sec by e-mail by 1 May 17.

To see who is attending, please see the attendance list as at 295 April 17.

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GBA MEMORIAL SERVICE AND REUNION LUNCH– 10 JUN 2017 – THIRD CALLING NOTICE 

We are looking to make a good Sirmoor Table at the GBA Memorial Service and Reunion Lunch to be held at RMAS on Sat 10 Jun 17.  Suggested arrival time is 1030 for 1100, followed by Drinks in the IAMR and Curry Lunch in the Old College Dining Room.  For details read on:   

This event is open to all members of the GBA (this is a suitable all ranks event, particularly SNCO and above). Wives and children are also encouraged to attend.   Dress Suit or blazer.  Cost £30 p.p. attending.

To date we only have 9 Sirmoor Club Members attending. Sirmoor Sathis are of course most welcome and encouraged to attend. Please see the GBA Attendance list now uploaded.

Please send in your booking application direct to Mrs Elizabeth O’Neill by 10 May 17. 

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10 Apr 17

RECENT DEATHS 

  • The Reverend D B Harley (1st Bn 1942 – 48)   
    I regret to notify you of the death of the Reverend D B Harley on the 13th March 2017 aged 94. His funeral service was held on the 31 March 2017.  His wife Jean pre-deceased him. He is survived by his two sons Jonathon and Justine.  For further details please read his obituary.  Letter of condolence should be sent to:  Jonathan Harley, 13 Clermont Terrace, Brighton BN1 6SH or by e-mail to Jon jon.harley@fastnet.co.uk or to Or to Justin Harley justinharley55@gmail.com
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  • MRS Joan Jollye (Updated).
    (Widow of the late S H Jollye (4th & 5th Bns 1941 – 46).   Died on 29 Dec 16. Her funeral service took place at Torquay Crematorium on 4 January 2017. Letters of condolence should be sent to Mr Robert Jollye, Flat 31, Hammond Court, South Street, Gosport, Hants. PO12 1EY robert.jollye@btinternet.com    
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NEWS FROM MEMBERS

 For details please visit the website at News from Members to view the following articles:

GURKHA EVEREST EXPEDITION 2017

The Gurkha Everest Expedition team is now in Kathmandu carrying out their last preparations before making their second attempt at reaching the summit.  To keep abreast of how the team is faring during their climb, visit their new website at the following link.
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SIRMOOR SHIKAR AT MACARONI FARM, EASTLEACH, GLOS. 21ST. OCTOBER 2017

One more date for the Calendar on a first come first ‘gunned’.   Eight Shikaries have already booked. For further details please contact: Andrew Johnston The Walled Garden Bibury Gloucestershire GL7 5NT 01285 740 606
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 26 Mar 17

SIMOOR CLUB CLALENDAR 2017 (Amdts)

Please amend the Sirmoor Calendar 2017 issued with the Sirmooree as follows:

  • 13 May 17 Sirmoor Club Reunion Lunch . Delete any reference to A&N, insert Travellers Club
  • Sirmoor Sathis Delhi Day Reunion delete 6 Sep 17 insert 9 Sep 17.

The updated Sirmoor Calendar and Booking Forms are on the Website under Events.

10 Mar 17

BOOK REVIEWS. Sirmoories are reminded that Book Reviews can be found on the SRA News and Notices and New Books Featuring The Gurkhas tabs. The following books have been added:

‘TEARS THAT NEVER DROPPED’

BY MANGAL PRADHAN

Please see the attached review by Maj John Patchett. 

 The author Mr Mangal Narayan Pradhan (late CSgt 10GR) is the current General Secretary of the British Gurkha Ex-Servicemen’s Association Kurseong.    All profits of his first novel ‘Tears that Never Drop’ will be used in the Kurseong area to alleviate hardship for Ex Gurkhas in the area. 

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THE DHARMA EXPEDIENT and DEVLIN’S CHAKRA

By Neville Sarony

Publication Details. Both books are published by Vajra Publications, Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are obtainable from Amazon and the Gurkha Museum.

Neville Sarony is currently a practising QC in Hong Kong, but he has also managed to find the time to write two novels, both extremely exciting thrillers. As a national serviceman he served with 2/7GR in Malaya and Singapore, and since then most of his working life has been in Asia and the Far East.

Book Reviews. The Dharma Expedient & Devlin’s Chakra

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A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK THAT THE CAIRN TEAM IS CARRYING OUT IN NEPAL

(David and Joanna Thomas are much involved in the CAIRN Trust [www.cairntrust.org] but what exactly is it? Here is a short brief, but do look at the web site as well.) 

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DUTY PENSION PAYING TREKS – PHOTOGRAPHS

HQBG is looking for photographs of former officers conducting Pension Payments in Nepal whilst on Duty Pension Paying Treks (PPT). 

If any member who conducted PPT in the past has any photographs they can share with HQBG and the Gurkha Museum could you please forward scanned images of pension direct to the Brigade Secretary at GurkhasBde-BdeSec@mod.uk. Each scanned image should be of a reasonably high resolution (suggest 500KB) with a caption showing date, location and names.

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RECENT DEATHS. Notification of the following recent deaths have been made:

WO2 Narayan Prasad Gurung (Sig Pl 1/2 GR). WO2 Narayan was tragically killed on Christmas Day in a traffic accident on the Hogs Back between Guildford and Farnham. His wife was also injured at the time. Died 24 December 2016.

MRS Joan Jollye. (Widow of the late S H Jollye (4th & 5th Bns 1941 – 46).   Died between 29 Dec 16.  Letters of condolence may be sent to Mr Robert Jollye at Flat 31, Hammond Court, South Street, Gosport, Hants. PO12 1EY

Major Madan Subba (10GR). Attached to 2/2GR for the last two years of his service as OC HQ Company. Died 19 Jan 17.

GLORIOUS (AND NOT-SO-GLORIOUS) HISTORY

Kathmandu Post Article By Deepak Thapa

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

 For further details can be found in the Sirmoor News

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04 Mar 17

DEATH AND THANKSGIVING SERVICE FOR MRS JEAN SHAKESPEAR

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

A Thanksgiving Service will be held on 21 March 2017.

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

The Shakespear Family, (Nigel, Jacky and Shirley)

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

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

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

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SIRMOOR ‘ARMCHAIR’ BATTLEFIELD TOUR – “GURKHA BATTLE HONOURS – AVA, BHURTPORE, ALIWAL, & SABRAON” – GURKHA MUSEUM – 9TH MAY 2017

The Sirmoor Club’s programme of Armchair Battlefield Tours, under the guidance of Major Gordon Corrigan, continues with coverage of all the Battle Honours of the Royal Gurkha Rifles. Details are available on the Events Booking Forms:

Subject: “Gurkha Battle Honours – Ava, Bhurtpore, Aliwal, & Sabraon

Date:  Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 1100 followed by Curry Lunch. 

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MAJ SUDAN DEWAN BEM (1976 – 1974)– VISIT TO KOHIMA

Members will be interested to read of Major Sudan Dewan’s visit to Kohima on the Members News Page:

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BRITAIN-NEPAL SOCIETY – MEMBERSHIP

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

Dear serving and retired Gurkhas.

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

Dhanyabad

James

Col J G Robinson | Col BG

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DEVELOPMENT OF HELICOPTER SUPPORT DURING THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY

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

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

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

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

For further details please contact Mr Stuart Wakefield at:

Tel: 01722 500621

Email: esende@live.co.uk

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 GWT SAMACHARA 46 – NAGRI VERSION

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

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20 Feb 17

SIRMOOR CALENDAR 2017

The Sirmoor Calendar 2017 with the GBA and Sirmoor Club social and sporting events can be found on the SRA (Sirmoor Club) Events Page.

Quick links are highlighted below:

  • Sirmoor Calendar 2017. This can be printed off and folded into an A4 Desk Calendar or on A5 as a Mantelpiece Calendar. Print double sided and flip on the short edge.
  • Booking Forms.
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12 Jan 17

NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST 2017.

Our congratulations to:

Tessa Morrish for the award of her MBE.

Capt Mahendra Phagami 1 RGR for his CGS Commendation.  (Note.  Capt Mahendra was the youngest Sirmoori enlisted in the 2nd Goorkhas, before merger into RGR).

 

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

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RECENT DEATHS.

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

Mrs Tigger Ramsey-Brown 

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

Mrs Gael Falk (d/o Adrian Hayter)

Cleves Cottage

Place Farm Road

Bletchingly

Surrey, RH1 4QR

g.falk@btinternet.com

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Sgt Lapka Tamang. (BOs Mess Sgt. DOE 1948 – 1967).  

Died after a long illness (cancer of intestine) aged 88 on 15 Dec 16. Sgt Lakpa Tamang spent his entire service in the BOs Mess finally retiring as BOs Mess Sgt in 1967. He attended the Sirmoor Durbar, in Pokhara 2015.
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Major E N (Tim) Buckley. 5 RGR (FF).  

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

Mrs J K Buckley

1 Lane Gardens

Vale Road

Claygate

Esher

Surrey, KT10 0NP

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24 Dec 16.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS.  Visit the SRA(Nepal) Notice Board for Christmas and New Year Geetings.

30 Nov 16

A GURKHA REMEMBERS – JP CROSS / AUDIO CD / AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER  

The CD will come out at the beginning of December (I don’t have an exact date as yet), but is available for pre-order now from office@chromeaudio.com (copied) with payment to follow when the CDs are available. For further information please read the flier ‘A Gurkha Remembers’.

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9 GORKHA RIFLES BICENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 2017  

9 Gorkha Rifles will be holding their 200th bicentenary year celebrations as follows:

  • 14 – 16 March 17. 1/9 Gorkha Rifles at Hyderabad. The Commanding Officer 1/9GR would welcome any officer or relative with 9GR connections to attend their Bn celebrations at Hyderabad 14-16 March 17.
  • 1-4 Nov 17. 9 Gorkha Regimental 200th Celebration at 39 Gorkha Training Centre, Varanasi. (Details to follow).

Members interested in attending either event, are to contact the Brigade Secretary direct on GurkhaBde-BdeSec@od.uk or by telephone 01276 412737 for further details.

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DEATH OF MAJOR PETER RIDDLINGTON MBE (QGSIGNALS) 18 NOVEMBER 2016 

I regret to inform you of the death of Major Peter Riddlington MBE (QGSIGNALS), who died peacefully at his nursing home at 0710 hours on Friday 18 November 2016.  His funeral service will be held at St John the Baptists Church, Findon, West Sussex, BN14 0RF on 8 December 2016 at 1430, followed by a cremation at Worthing Crematorium at 1540.  A room has been booked at the Findon Manor Hotel, Findon BN14 0TA and will be available from 12 noon for people wishing to arrive early and have a cup of tea/coffee.  A notice will appear in the Daily Telegraph on 24 November which says family flowers only but donations to GWT welcome.  The family has a tradition of wearing Regimental ties at funerals.

(Directions:  St John the Baptist: Findon A24 by-pass, just south of the Findon roundabout, up the private road to Findon Place. Sign posted from A24. Findon, West Sussex, BN14 0RF)

Letters of condolence may be sent to his nephew, Mr Chris Bell at 30 Hastings Avenue, Seaford, East Sussex BN25 3LQ (01323 873812).

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KUKRI 2016 – ARTICLE CALLING NOTICE  

Please find attached the Calling Notice for unit and individual articles for Kukri 2016 which should be sent to the Editor/Brigade Secretary (e-mail or CD disc) by 28 Feb 17.   The focus for RA contributions will be on Gurkha service in Hong Kong or Falkland Islands.  The following documents are attached:

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KUKRI 2015 ‘GURKHA 200’ EDITION  

Kukri 2015 ‘Gurkha 200 Edition’ has now been received from the printers and is in the process of being dispatched to subscribers.

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18 Nov 16

DEATH OF CAPTAIN (RETD) RUMBAHADUR PUN (499191) EX 2/2 GR – 16 NOV 16  

We have been informed by SC(N) of the death of Captain (Retd) Rumbahadur Pun (499191) ex 2/2 GR who passed away tragically in Nepal on Wednesday 16 Nov 2016. He was struck by a motorbike whilst on a short visit to Nepal on his early morning walk at Baghdor, Kathmandu. His wife and family living in Tonbridge, Kent were flown back to Nepal under arrangements made by Capt Meghbahadur Thapa (Sirmoor Area Representative Tonebridge).

Our condolences have been forwarded to the family

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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

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19 Aug 16

DELHI DAY  (159th) ANNUAL SIRMOOR REUNION) ON SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2016  

The 2nd Gurkha Rifles Association-UK (Sirmoor Sathies) will mark and celebrate the 159th Delhi Day Annual Sirmoor Reunion on Saturday 10 September 2016.  This is a major event in a new and significantly better venue.  Sirmoor Club Members, particularly Permanent Cadre Officers and their families are strongly urged to attend what is a terrific event.  They should arrive arrive no later than 1200.  Please inform the Hon Sec if you are able to attend by 30 Aug 16.

Venue:  Aldershot, Military Stadium, Queen’s Avenue, Hampshire, GU11 2JL The Parade will be led by the Queen’s Truncheon Party from 2RGR. See Venue Map and Aldershot Stadium Layout.

Guests:

  • VIP: FM Sir John Chapple.
  • Chief Guest: Lt Gen Sir Peter Duffle.

Timings:

  • 1130              – Assembly
  • 1200 – 1330 – Main Programme
  • 1220              – Queens Truncheon on parade
  • 1300 -1415    – Delhi Day Lunch
  • 1420 – 1500 – Regiment Members Photograph with QT
  • 1515 -1800    – Entertainment Programme Nepali Dance

Dress:

  • Ladies: Similar Attire. (No Pencil heel Shoes: Stadium Rule).
  • Gents: Regimental Blazer or Suit with 2 GR Tie and Big Size Medal

Entry Fee is: £10.

Free Car and coach parking at the Venue: Approx. 250 Car Park and 12 Coach Parking facilities. VIP and British Officers are to park theirs car by the side main Entrance Gate which is Manned by Security.

Nearest Train Stations: Approx. 5 Minutes Taxi route from station to Stadium:

  • Aldershot
  • Farnborough Main
  • North Camp Aldershot.

www.gurkhabde.com 

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24 Jun 16

RGRRA VETERANS V RGR CRICKET MATCH

It has been suggested that we add another opportunity in the RGR calendar for members of the RGRRA to get together. For further details please read on:  

We believe that a ‘T20’ cricket match between our veterans and the serving members of the RGR would be a good way of getting together and having a bit of fun.  The venue for the match would be at RMAS and it would be held during a weekend at the end of July or beginning of August.  A bar would be made available for ‘refreshments’ and we would also provide a ‘Tipan Tapan’ (at a very small cost).

To allow me to gauge the feasibility of holding  this event you are kindly requested to send me an e-mail confirming:

You would attend this event (if available to attend on the date) and are willing to dig out your cricket whites and play for our veterans team, or

  • You would like to attend as a spectator/supporter (if available to attend on the date)

For those members who live overseas or in the far reaches of the UK please accept my apologies for ‘scatter-gun’ approach in sending this e-mail to you.

You are kindly requested to reply direct to Major Bruce McKay on GurkhasBde-RegtSec@mod.uk at your earliest convenience.

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3 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.
  • Blazer. The following tailor has been recommended by a Sirmoori: Strathcarron of Corby, Northants.  Strathcarron@aol.com tel 01536 401536.  The delivered cost is approximately £130.00 and the tailoring is good.
  • Black Buttons. Round buttons, flat buttons and cuff buttons are now available.
    • Blazer button (round or flat) £1 each.
    • Cuff Button .75p each)
    • 1 x blazer set 6 x ball/flat, 8 x cuff. (£10 + pp).
  • Rams Head Tie. £5 + pp.
  • 2GR Public Duties Tie. £5 + pp.

RGR Tailors (now Kashket):

  • Kaskets (RMAS): Kashket in the Academy, RMAS, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4PQ; Email:  rmas@kashket.net;  Telephone:  01276 412576
  • London Office:  Kashket & Partners Ltd Unit C 43-53 Markfield Road Tottenham London N15 4QA; Tel: 020 8365 9350; e-mail:  military@kashket.net   
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23 May 2016

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

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

20 May 2016

VOLTREK1000 – In memory of Mark and Tim Sutton

Read on to learn about Simon Gildersons VOLTREK100 Appeal in memory of Mark and Tim Sutton, in aid of the GWT Earthquake Appeal.  

On a balmy July evening in July 2012, two Union Flag parachutes opened above London signalling the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen and her escort, James Bond, at the Olympic Park.  Mark Sutton, formerly of 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles and The Royal Gurkha Rifles, was James Bond for that iconic event.  Tragically, a little over a year later, Mark was killed in a wing-suiting accident near Chamonix in France.  At the same time as Mark’s death, his cousin Tim was fighting a stoic battle with an insidious and unstoppable cancer. He passed away a few months after Mark.  

In their memory, a number of Mark and Tim’s close family and friends (including Simon Gilderson, ex-2GR and RGR) will complete Voltrek1000, a 7 day, 1000 km cycle ride from Mark’s home in Shere in Surrey to Chamonix where he died to raise money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) and their community rebuilding programme following last year’s earthquakes in Nepal.   Joanna Lumley and Danny Boyle are both supporting the Voltrek1000 team and more details, including a link for donations, can be found at www.voltrek1000.com.

Please support this most worthwhile cause by spreading the word as far and wide as possible as every penny raised goes directly to the communities of Nepal who are in so much need of support and assistance.

From Simon Gilderson (19 May 16)We have had an amazing response over the past ten days or so and donations are now around £12k (someone donated £2k last night but that hasn’t gone into the pot yet).  So we are well on the way to the (initial) £20k target and of course it would be marvellous to get there and if at all possible exceed it.  Certainly knowing that we are raising so much money for such a great cause is providing significant motivation in training terms and will, I am sure, be equally motivating during those long days in the saddle at the end of June!!  We have a photo session with Joanna Lumley next week so hope to gain some publicity and awareness from that as well. 

 Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Simon Gilderson  

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18 May 16

SIRMOOR SATHI ‘DELHI DAY’ REUNION – 10 SEP 16 – WNGO  

Gen. The Sirmoor Sathi ‘Delhi Day’ Reunion has had to be brought forward from Sat 17 Sep to Sat 10 Sep 16.

Location. Aldershot Military Stadium, Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2JL. Click here for map:

Car Parking. There is local car parking for 300 vehs next to the stadium. Access from Queen’s Avenue.

Date.  Sat 10 Sep 16.

Timings.

0800 – 1030       Final preparation

1100                      Assemble at 1100hr

1130 – 1830         Main programme

1200                      VIP Guest arrive

1240                      Queen’s Truncheon On Parade

1300                      Start of Food Service

1430                      Regimental Group Photographs

1800                     Dispersal

1800  – 1900         Clear up

Dress: Regtl Mufti with 2 GR Tie, side cap/lali sun hat, full size medals and Sirmoor Medal.

Photograph. A Sirmooor Photograph will be taken.

Cost.  £10 at the door.

Confirmation of Attendance. It is essential that you let the Hon Sec (honsec@2ndGoorkhas.com) know if you plan to attend, by 2 Aug latest.  

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16 May 16

SUB MAJ KALU CHETTRI MBE MC 

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

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

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10 May 16

SIRMOOR ADDRESS LIST 2016 (as at 9 May 16) 

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

  • Check that their address and contact details are correct.
  • The Address List is available to the GBA, GWT and Gurkha Museum as required, but is not made available to other commercial organisations.
  • Should members wish their contact details to be removed from the Address List, please inform the Hon Sec.
  • Please dispose of the Sirmoor Address list responsibly by shredding or burning.       Click here to see latest Members List.    (Please Note you will need your email address and password to access this list.)
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09 May 16 -BBC 2 – BURMA’S SECRET JUNGLE WAR WITH JOE SIMPSON  

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

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APRIL 2016

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

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

Item 1.  AGREEMENT OF MINUTES

Item 2. RE-ELECTION OF THE COMMITTEE

Item 3.  APPROVAL OF THE ACCOUNTS

Item No.  Add comments as required

Your votes and comments are required by 9 May 2016.

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

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

Marilyn Moore

3 Church Croft

Edlesborough

Near Dunstable

Bedfordshire

LU6 2HU

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DEATH OF DR MARY RATTIGAN – 8th March 2016

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

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MARCH 2016

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

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

  • “The Rise of the Artisans”.  The first film can be viewed at  https://youtu.be/U754DUo6U_I
  • “The Power of Unity” – due to follow by 25 April, one year after the earthquake, &
  • “Building for the Future”.

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

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GBA MEMBERSHIP

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

Membership.  There are two types of membership:

  • Ordinary Members.    All Regimental Associations are affiliated to the Association on payment of an annual subscription and their Full Members are therefore automatically members of the Association, irrespective of rank.   When a Regimental Association disbands, its full members continue to be members of the Association as individuals.
  •  Honorary Members.  This category covers any person who enjoys a particularly close relationship with units of the Brigade but who is not eligible to join a Regimental Association and thus have ordinary membership of the Association.   Candidates may be nominated by at least two Regimental Associations or by Officers of the Association, and will be approved by the President and Chairman.  The Secretary will maintain a register of Honorary Members (to include past Associate members, who will become Honorary Members with effect from 1 Jan 2015.)

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

  • The GBA is an all ranks association specifically for those who ‘served’ with the Brigade including attached, seconded and WRVS service personal irrespective of rank, who are Full Members of their respective Associations.
  • Within the Oriental Club definition, the GBA membership does not include the Associate or Honorary members of the RAs, (widows, wives, widows, relatives and friends), who remain welcome to attend all GBA events as Associate or Honorary Members within their own Associations, and who can also attend the Oriental Club functions as guests of those accepted as Associate Members of the Oriental Club.

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

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GBA & SRA EVENT BOOKING FORMS

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

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ARMY AND NAVY CLUB – TRIAL MEMBERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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BRIGADE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORIENTAL CLUB

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

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

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

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

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

Our QGOOs will be made Honorary Members.

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

John Anderson

Gurkha Brigade Association Membership of The Oriental Club

Oriental Club and GBA 

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

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

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GBA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION 

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

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

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

Telephone:  01276 412737

e-mail: nigel.carrick100@mod.uk 

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SRA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS – DATA PROTECTION 

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

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

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

Telephone:  07891 560637

e-mail: honsec@2ndGoorkhas.com 

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JANUARY 2016

 CHANGES TO THE SIRMOOR WEBSITE.

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

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AUCTION OF RETURNED 2GR PROPERTY

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

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SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES 2015

SIRMOOR 2OOTH ANNIVERSARY MEDAL 

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

2 GR Durbar                    55

SC Reunion                     36

Sirmoor Sathi                  8

Post                                114   (sent 11/12 Sep)

Total Issued                     213

Paid                                119

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

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

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SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES  2014

GBA CADRE OF VOLUNTEERS

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

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

Click here:  for more detailed information.

Click here:  for Interest Form.

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SIRMOOR CLUB NOTICES  2013

DOUNESIDE HOUSE

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

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

Douneside House

Tarland

Aboyne

Aberdeenshire, AB34 4UL

Tel: 013398 81230

Fax: 013398 81255

e-mail: manager@dounesidesidehouse.co.uk

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

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

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

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