"On posting to the Gurkha Engineers in Kluang in 1963, Captain Tomlinson was presented with a Wilkinson sword by his parents - as required then by the Gurkha Engineers. On one side of the blade was etched in the RE custom, and on the other side with the Gurkha Engineers badge, where by the sword was unique. On leaving the army in 1992 Tomlinson presented the sword and all its accoutrements to the RE Museum for safe keeping. It can no longer be found. Anyone knowing of its whereabouts should kindly arrange its return to the Museum. It may then be used on temporary loan to any QGE Queen's Gurkha Orderly Officer for use on duty during his Orderly Officer tour."
Donations to the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT), Earthquake Response Fund can be made by clicking here.
The Queen's Gurkha Engineer Association will not be establishing a special fund to receive donations. This has been agreed with the Gurkha Brigade Association as both organisations recognise the expetise and network which the GWT is able to leverage to support the people of Nepal at this time of crisis. The GWT funds the Gurkha Welfare Scheme in Nepal which in turns maintains a network of Area Welfare Centres throughout the mid-hills of the country. This includes a Centre in the hill town of Gorkha, one of the areas most severely affected by the earthquake. Despite sustaining significant structural damage, the Centre welfare and medical staff immediately began responding to the needs of the local community; the centres in Lamjung, Kaski and across Nepal have also responded in the same manner to the needs of their local communities. Links to the Welfare Centres Facebook pages are below:
Following the tragic events of the earthquake and after-shocks which struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April 2015, the Chairman of The Queen's Gurkha Engineers Association has released a messages to the QGE Family. Click here to read the document.
As part of their on-going build-up to the Gurkha 200 celebrations, BFBS Gurkha Radio have been travelling the globe following the activities of units in the Brigade of Gurkhas. In this footage from Forces TV, ex-QGE MT Corporal, Yograj Rai travels from Brunei to the Falkland Islands to meet-up with 69 Gurkha Fd Sqn QGE, currently deployed on Ex KELP FIRE 15. See the Squadron at work and listen to an interview with the Officer Commanding, Major Mark Hendry RE. Click here to watch video.
Those in the marching contingent will be required to wear 'hat felt Gurkha' with blue QGE patch and capbadge, more details to follow.