The Magazine Editor has asked for articles and family news for this year's edition.
I am writing once more to the Association membership asking for support with the next edition of our journal and also to thank all those who took the time to contribute to the last one. All will be aware of the milestone the Brigade will mark this year and I intend to cover some of the events QGE will be taking part inthe upcoming edition. However, this and other Regimental news will only form part of the magazine and I am still keen to publish any articles that you may wish to send me no matter how diverse! To have the magazine back from the publishers in July can I ask for all items by 31 Mar 15.
I was heartened with the responses I received for the plea for obituaries for those who had died in the previous year and I hope that you can continue to do the same for those members who have recently passed away. In a similar vein please continue to send in your family news for publication and I am particularly keen to her from those who served with the Regiment between the following years:
1956-1958, 1966-1968, 1976-1978, 1986-1988, 1996-1998, 2006-2008.
The Association's former Chairman, Tony Harking as well as Graham Gibbs, Peter Gilbert and Ian Caws recently completed this year's Trailwalker in 22hrs 26 minutes coming 39th of the teams that finished complete. Through the generosity of so many people at the last count the team had raised £2,050for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Oxfam.
The team had aimed for a time of 20hrs but the effects of the high temperature had an impact and they gradually slipped behind schedule.
If you'd like to donate you can still do so at the team's Just Giving page.
The Persatuan WIRA Malaysia (Warriors’ Association Malaysia) will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Gurkhas Remembrance Ceremony to be held at Ipoh, Malaysia with the support of 2nd Royal Ranger Regiment. Details of the event are summarised below and on the Instruction attached. If you are planning to attend, please return the Reply Slip (attached) direct to the organisers by 02 Jun 14.
Day : Saturday
Date: 14th June 2014
Time: 10.30 am
Venue: 2nd Royal Ranger Regiment, Tambun Road, Ipoh
Originally titled as ‘The Forgotten Knights’, the Arc of the Gurkha: From Nepal to the British Army by Alex Schlacher is a stunning and powerful book of photographs that reveal the human face of the legendary Brigade of Gurkhas. There have been other books about the Gurkhas, but none has focused on the individual soldiers, their backgrounds, lives and experiences.
Ian Slack served in the Royal Engineers and was medically discharged in 1997 having lost the sight in his right eye. During his nine years in the Corps he served with the QGE in the Falklands, UK, Hong Kong and Brunei (69 Gurkha Fd Sqn RE and 67 Gurkha Fd Sqn RE).
Throughout 2014, Ian will be undertaking a number of cycling events to raise funds and awareness for Blind Veterans UK. Attached is an article by Ian detailing the events and his reasons for supporting Blind Veterans UK (formally St Dunstans). Ian's fundraising page can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/FSS2