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jerry
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PostSubject: Ghurkas   22/2/2012, 21:32

Tought some of you may like to see this.
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   23/2/2012, 22:48

What's the history of Ghurka's serving in BAOR I wonder ?
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 00:55

hi there,
My regt. 14/20th Kings Hussars were affiliated to the 6th GR.(courtesy of the Battle of Medicina, Italy - WW2) We had lots of ghurka's over visiting us in Hohne, Berlin and Munster.
Great bunch of fella's, often a little 'odd' whilst out on the town.......
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Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 08:33

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What's the history of Ghurka's serving in BAOR I wonder ?

I can't remember ever hearing of them stationed in Germany, Jim.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 09:19

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What's the history of Ghurka's serving in BAOR I wonder ?

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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 09:46

Thanks fellas, never read about them ever serving in Germany. However, there are a lot of ex Ghurka soldiers here in Swindon driving buses. I say driving light heartedly as some of them think they are on the roads up country in Malaysia, charging through the Kampongs.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 10:13

Now that they have the same T & Cs as the Brits they can transfer to other Regiments and Corps. Nepalese females are also serving, mainly in the Medics and RLC - it's good to see.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 10:21

Gordon. wrote:
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What's the history of Ghurka's serving in BAOR I wonder ?

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Don't waffle Gordon-keep it brief man ! Rolling Eyes
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 10:22

Yep and a couple of Nepalese shops have opened up here amongst the charity and bangladeshi shops
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   24/2/2012, 13:40

Aldershot (Rushmoor Borough Council) have had a large influx of Nepalese in the last 10 years. I believe there may be plans afoot to change the name to Nepaldershot.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   28/2/2012, 11:46

Brum

You are correct

I believe the trIpartite agreement between Nepal, India and the UK,plus the Status of Forces Act between Germany and the UK meant that Ghurka units were never permanently based in Germany.

Similarly they never were deployed on OP Banner tours in Northern Ireland
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   28/2/2012, 11:53

JPW, but they did serve down on the Falklands
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   28/2/2012, 20:15

brum wrote:
jimsigs1 wrote:
What's the history of Ghurka's serving in BAOR I wonder ?

I can't remember ever hearing of them stationed in Germany, Jim.

They did for a short time Mar 63 - Sep 63 as 247 Sig Sqn 4 Gds Bde Llanelly Barracks Hubblerath
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   29/2/2012, 00:07

That`s a new one for me..But it`s correct...
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   2/3/2012, 18:24

I spent three months at Aldershot ...1978 or possibly 1979. Cant remember the name of the barracks we lived in (opposite Para Depot with the Dakota) next door there was a Welsh Regiment who went through a full muster parade and roll call, every morning! Anyhow... We soon found out that certain pubs were frequented by certain regiments (Globetrotter probably the most famous) One night we found ourselves at a pub called the Railway Tavern (Or possibly 'Inn') which was apparently a Ghurka pub. Not knowing what to expect we entered the pub, what we saw took us by total surprise, there were indeed several Gurkhas in there, all smartly dressed in collar and tie, all smiling and friendly, and none were drunk or spoiling for a fight. Quite a change from most of the pubs we visited in Aldershot!
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   2/3/2012, 18:55

Knew a Ghurka once when I was a patient in BMH Singapore. He was paralysed below the waist and was injured in the same skirmish as the then LCpl Rambarhadur Limbu VC (he retired as a Capt), who came into the hospital one day to say good-bye before travelling to the UK to receive his VC. I kept in touch with my little Ghurka friend who was transferred to Stoke Manderville Hospital. He unfortunately died a few months later. I still treasure his letters to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   29/4/2012, 21:10

Wilf wrote:
I spent three months at Aldershot ...1978 or possibly 1979. Cant remember the name of the barracks we lived in (opposite Para Depot with the Dakota) next door there was a Welsh Regiment who went through a full muster parade and roll call, every morning! Anyhow... We soon found out that certain pubs were frequented by certain regiments (Globetrotter probably the most famous) One night we found ourselves at a pub called the Railway Tavern (Or possibly 'Inn') which was apparently a Ghurka pub. Not knowing what to expect we entered the pub, what we saw took us by total surprise, there were indeed several Gurkhas in there, all smartly dressed in collar and tie, all smiling and friendly, and none were drunk or spoiling for a fight. Quite a change from most of the pubs we visited in Aldershot!

Yep saw the Gurkhas in the Globetrotter in 73, lots of them. They all had the same 1960s suit on and wearing a tie. They all stood around at the bar sipping a half of bitter that lasted all night.

The only trouble I ever saw in Aldershot were drunken WRACS. Saw a few arrested and fighting with the MPs near the Globetrotter. I saw the size of one of them and I wouldn't have tangled with her.

Never saw any Gurkhas in BAOR or Ulster.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   29/4/2012, 23:07


My wife and I went to Beaconsfield, late 70s, to see a couple from our regt who were stationed with the language school there.

As I rolled up to the guardroom a group of brown faces poked through the window chorusing "ID carrd pleeeese"

Flashing my MOD 90 I said "I've come to visit S/Sgt ****, can you tell me where he lives ?"

To which they replied "ID carrd pleeeese".

A corporal appeared and saved the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   30/4/2012, 11:46

They were manning the VCP's outside Dhekelia during the turkish invasion, it seems they were ordered to smile as they were frightening people away, made me laygh to see them griining like madmen as they focused Gimpies on you. Smile
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Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   30/4/2012, 13:57

Great little fellas. They are now bus drivers around the Swindon area. There are a couple of Ghurka shops in town as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   26/11/2012, 23:07

Ghurkas were stationed at Herford in 1957. I was with them and they were a fine bunch of lads They liked a drink and a good time.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   4/12/2012, 21:07

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O1l4l-bx5Zk
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PostSubject: Re: Ghurkas   5/12/2012, 17:29

Yes, I met one or two Ghurka Signals blokes during my service in the 1970s. My Dad wast an officer with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Ghurka Rifles during World Ward 2. He started his service in a TA Unit in Calcutta during the late 1930's, the Calcutta Scottish.

On outbreak of war, he was selected for a War commision and was sent to Belgaum Officer Training early in 1940. He was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Ghurka Rifles and served with them througout the war. He was appointed Adujtant of his battation for a number of years in the rank of Captain, and ended the war as a Major. He survived with no wounds, but he saw plenty of action in the Middle East as the Africa Korps were pushed out of Libya, and then on through Italy. My Dad eventually ended up in Germany in 1945. He as not demobbed until late 1946.

Curiously, the actress, Joanna Lumbley's Dad was an officer in the 6th Ghurka Rifles, and may have been undergoing officer training the same time of my father.
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