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• 6th Gurkha Rifles (later Queen Elizabeth’s Own)


• 7th Gurkha Rifles (later Duke of Edinburgh’s Own)


• 10th Gurkha Rifles (later Princess Mary’s Own)


The Regiments continued to be busy with heavy involvement in the Malayan Emergency between 1948 and 1960 as well as the confrontation with the Indonesians in Borneo. The Borneo Revolt in 1962 is the reason for there still being a Battalion permanently based in Brunei to the present day. 1st Bn 7 Gurkha Rifles was also deployed to the Falklands in 1982 under 5 Inf Bde. On the morning of 14th June, they attacked Mount William. Pictures of Gurkhas sharpening their Kukris shown in the world press proved to have a profound effect on the morale of the badly led Argentinean conscripts. This, mixed with rumours going


FIRST IMPRESSION OF LIFE IN


1 MERCIAN REGIMENT Before arriving in 1 Mercian we stayed in Brunei; the weather was always hot and rainy. Therefore after we arrived here we took some time to become familiar and adjust to the weather and environment. It has been already been two months since we arrived here and started work with 1 Mercian, a lot of things have impressed me.


For an infantry soldier fitness is an individual matter. The fitness with 1 Mercian Regiment is very competitive which has really made us more concerned about our own fitness. Secondly, in this very short period of time 1 Mercian Regiment has been very supportive in every aspect. Currently as 1 Mercian personnel will know we have got some problems in our accommodation, however all other welfare issues that we have had have been solved which has made us really happy.


Before I came here, I did not expect these things. So I am very satisfied working with 1 Mercian. In my opinion, other personnel from 1 RGR also should work together with other Infantry Regiments; it would be a good experience. We are now looking forward to Op-Herrick 12 with great excitement.


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MY FIRST IMPRESSION OF LIFE IN 1 MERCIAN


It is my first time I have been in a GRC and I have found it completely different here as part of 1 Mercian compared to our life in 1RGR back in Brunei. First of all, the weather was a huge difference for us. When we first came here in the month of January it was snowing very heavily. We


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around the Argentineans that the Gurkhas were cannibals who took no prisoners, and the feeling of insecurity following the losses of Mount Tumbledown and Wireless Ridge meant that the Argentineans on the mountain fled as the lead Companies came into view.


In 1994, under Options for Change, the four Regiments disbanded and were formed into one large Regiment. The Royal Gurkha Rifles initially consisted of three Battalions but eventually reduced to two Battalions by 1996 with the withdrawal from Hong Kong. Currently, there are some 3,400 Gurkhas in the British Army in the form of Infantry, Engineers, Signallers and Logistics as well as the demonstration Companies at Sandhurst and Brecon and an increasing number of Gurkha Reinforcement Companies. To date, the Brigade of Gurkhas has won 26 Victoria Crosses, 13 by Gurkhas and 13 by British


found it quite surprising because a day ago we were in a place where the people never had snow, not even a small cold breeze.


Our barracks, Marne, is located at the far side of the Catterick Garrison which refreshes a lot of unforgettable memories from when I first passed my recruit training. Not far from our barracks, around 10 minutes drive you can reach Gurkha Coy which is located inside ITC (Catterick) where I received my infantry training. It was very hard at first because I had never been so far from my home and my family before, but as time passed I began to fully enjoy it.


At first when we came to 1 Mercian we had one small problem. It is funny to say but it was actually regarding what we were going to eat! The food we usually eat is known as Dal, Bhat and Tarkari which is always cooked by the Gurkha chefs. So before getting used to the food in 1 Mercian for the first few weeks we used to eat just noodles and biscuits. We gradually improved to eating Chinese takeaway from nearby our barracks but even now we are still trying to convert to the new UK diet!


It has been nearly 3 months for us here and we have already made a lot of new friends in such a small time. We are now starting to settle down with the Regiment, especially with the improved weather. We have done a lot of demanding training since we arrived here and recently we finished our first exercise - Ex Cold Kukri in Otterburn. We are very excited about the training packages to prepare us for the Falkland Islands, Ex Grand Prix in Kenya and the future deployment on Op Herrick 12 back in Afghanistan again.


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Officers, and, with 20,000 applicants for approximately 230 places in the Brigade every year, Gurkha units remain the best manned in the whole British Army.


Finally, in an attempt to summarise the spirit and character of the Gurkha soldier, here are the words of the late Sir Ralph Turner MC written in 1931:


“As I write these words, my thoughts return to you who were my comrades, the stubborn and indomitable peasants of Nepal. Once more, I hear the laughter with which you greet every hardship. Once more, I see you in your bivouacs or about your camp fires, on forced marches or in the trenches, now shivering with wet and cold, now scorched by pitiless and burning sun. Uncomplaining, you endure hunger and thirst and wounds and, at the last, your unwavering lines disappear into the smoke and wrath of battle. Bravest of the Brave, most generous of generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you”


1ST IMPRESSION OF LIFE WITH


1 MERCIAN The calendar hit 16th Jan 2009 and the last package of personnel from Brunei were welcomed in the Hanger by the 2IC Saheb, Capt Chinbahadur Thapa. It wasn’t a new or exciting to be in the UK as we did our recruit training here, instead the circumstances of Marne barracks and Mercian life was the subject we were really curious and excited to know about.


Now, 2 months’ time has passed working with the Mercians, initially we were very excited with new expectations. Rules and regulations completely differ comparing with our parent unit 1 RGR. Parade timings are also different which includes an early finish on Friday afternoons so that we can enjoy long weekends. For our leisure time we have been provided with good facilities by the Cheesman HUB, for the refreshments it is without doubt an excellent place. The big screen projector is awesome and is great for watching movies and of course football. The Gym is quite big and facilitated with lots of aids for all gymnasium users and the indoor sports hall is also excellent. On the welfare side, all the families seem happy with the help and support provided by the welfare centre. Educational briefings have also motivated many families in taking part in different extra activities and in achieving education qualification too.


Overall, it is great opportunity for us to work with the Mercians. It will enhance us with a lot of different experiences that in time we look forward to telling to rest of our Gurkha colleagues. Jai Gurkhali.


21171316 - Rfn Dipendra Rana The Mercian Eagle


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