Gurkhas

Queen's Gurkha Engineers Celebrate 73rd Birthday

A parade and display of Kukri use entertained a crowd of serving and former members of The Queens Gurkha Engineers.

The Queen's Gurkha Engineers have been celebrating their 73rd Birthday at their home, Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone. 

A parade and display of Kukri use entertained a crowd of serving and former members of QGE, which these days is part of 36 Engineer Regiment.

 

The Queens Gurkha Engineers Celebrate Their 73rd Birthday
Past and present members of 36 Engineer Regiment and their families watched the parade.

"This day brings everyone together, not just here within Maidstone and the United Kingdom, it's all around the world," said Major Kamal Khapung Limbu.

"We don't just take it as the regiment's birthday, we take it as if it's our own birthday."

Gurkhas were first enlisted into the Corps of Royal Engineers in September 1948 when a Gurkha Training Squadron RE was formed at Kluang, Malaya.

67 Field Squadron RE was raised in 1949, 68 Field Squadron RE in 1950 and the RHQ of 50 Field Regiment RE followed in 1951.

The regiment later became part of the Brigade of Gurkhas and 'The Gurkha Engineers' on 28 September; this is the date they now celebrate as the Regimental Birthday.

Brigadier John Clark, who is the Colonel of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers, also highlighted the work the regiment has completed during the pandemic

"You only have to look at what it's done recently in terms of its support to the Government in the COVID crisis, helping the authorities provide resilience at home but also providing stability overseas."