My Father was a soldier with the Cameronians in the 2nd World War and was a great admirer of the Gurkhas. His admiration has passed to me and that's why I support all Gurkha veterans,
Maureen

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I joined the British Army as a Gurkha in mid the 1990s and trained as an infantry soldier in Hong Kong. On completion I joined the Queen's Gurkha Signals and later served across the world for 22 years’ service. During that time, I had the opportunity to be deployed on four major military operations including Afghanistan and various overseas joint military exercises alongside other nations. Over time I came to realise how much the British Army and its Brigade of Gurkhas was renowned and revered globally. I felt pride to be a Gurkha working with British counterparts whilst in barracks. On an operations tour in Afghanistan at the end of 2010, I organised a 10 km race at Camp Bastion to fundraise for the Gurkha Welfare Trust, Vigilance’s charity partner. The event was open to all nationalities including Americans, Swedes, French, Italians among others. Representing the British Army and Gurkhas was a challenge under pressure; everyone knew who we were and expected us to perform outstandingly. Participants joined in overwhelming numbers and the event was a huge success; I believe this was because people identified with who we were, British Army Gurkhas. This reputation of the Gurkhas and its benefit to the British Army is due to our professionalism, standards and the ways we operate. Although I retired from the Army, it doesn't change the values and the standards that we as a people hold. We must continue to maintain our culture, tradition and ethos which only makes us stronger and unique. It is fortunate that I came across and have worked with many ex-Gurkhas during my time at Vigilance. It is a privilege to be able to uphold these values we hold dear, and to support organisations like the GWT.
Som Chochangi
Flying ground attack strike sorties in the early 1950s during the Malayan Emergency, I was well aware of the deservedly high reputation of the Gurkhas but had no close contact with them. This changed in 1965 when I was appointed to command No.103 Squadron RAF, with 12 Whirlwind helicopters based at Kuching and supporting 99 (Gurkha) Infantry Brigade in the latter part of the Borneo campaign. Our Whirlwinds carried men and supplies and, of course, casualties. My log book shows that in the early hours of 22nd November 1965 I evacuated two casualties from a 2/10 GR forward company base at Serikin. As an example of determination, the casualties must have been carried for around 12 hours through difficult terrain and in tropical heat and humidity before reaching Serikin to be taken to hospital in my Whirlwind. Later I had the satisfaction of finding that they were from the operation in which L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu’s bravery earned him the only VC awarded during the Borneo campaign. I feel it is safe to say that anybody who has worked with Gurkhas could not fail to develop the greatest respect for their courage and determination. As helicopter operators we had a rapport with the men fighting on the ground and enjoyed Gurkha hospitality from time to time, including the mug of cold ‘jungle juice’ handed up to the pilot on landing at any remote site. For me the hospitality included attending Dashera in 1966 as a guest of 2/10 GR back in Singapore on Blakang Mati – a memorable experience!. The Gurkha Welfare Trust deserves our generous support to help these great men and their families. Fred Hoskins
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