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Gurkha Memorial Museum part 4, 3rd floor Gurkha regiments

 Gurkha Memorial Museum part 4, 3rd floor

Gurkha Museum entrance
Gurkha Museum entrance

The 3rd floor has information and displays of specialty units within the Gurkha regiments.  In addition, it also has a segment on the Gurkha Singapore police unit.  The museum identifies The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, Queen’s Gurkha Signals, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police Force and other units.

If you missed parts one, two, and three, you can access them by following the links.

The Queens Gurkha Engineers

The Queens Gurkha Engineers' uniform
The Queens Gurkha Engineers’ uniform

The British government created the Queens Gurkha Engineers in December 1948 in Klaung, Malaya.  The unit contained 300 re-enlisted Gurkha Riflemen.  This Regiment supported infantry riflemen in several operations, but the 2 major ones were Borneo Confrontation, and Unrest in Hong Kong.

The Borneo Confrontation took place between 1962 and 1967.  Brittan developed this regiment to build bridges, landing strips, and landing pads.  Lieutenant Stephens and Lieutenant Thapa ordered the construction of a 1,700-foot-long airstrip.  The regiment finished the airstrip to civil engineering specifications.

Unrest in Hong Kong took place in 1967.  The Queens Gurkha Engineers built a 20-mile-long barbed wire snake fence.  In addition, they built 2 parallel high apron fences that were infilled with 4 lines of Dannert coils.

Queens Gurkha Signals

hand signals
Signals used before there was electronic equipment

The British military assembled Queens Gurkhas Signals in November 1948 in Kuala Lumpur.  They accepted 102 Gurkha men.  Major Gregory separated the men into 3 units Operator wireless and line, Lineman Field Permanent Line, and Dispatch Riders.

Queen’s Gurkha Signals supported many regiments in different operations, but the operation they are best known for was the Borneo Confrontation 1962 to 1965.  Queens Gurkha Signals provided communication between battalion commanders and operation directors. They also built rebroadcast links on mountains to allow units in the jungle to communicate with commanding officers.

Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment uniform
Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment uniform

Brittan formed Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) in June 1958 in Kluang Malaya.  The British government merged The Queen’s Own Gurkha Transport Regiment, and The Gurkha Transport Regiment, and The Gurkha Army Service Corps to form the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment in April 2001.

Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment supported many regiments in different operations, but the operations they are best known for are Borneo Confrontation 1962 to 1966 and Gulf War 1991.

QOGLR moved into Brunei and Labuan Borneo in 1962 at the start of the conflict.  They commanded over 1000 miles of road and water ways by 1963.  They supplied other regiments with rations, ammunition, batteries, and clothing.

QOGLR entered the Gulf war in 1991.  They assisted ground regiments by driving trucks, ambulances and other support vehicles.

Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police Force

Gurkha Singapore Police Force uniform
Gurkha Singapore Police Force uniform

The British government created the Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police Force (GCSPF) in April 1949 in Duxton Plain Singapore.  Major Scott Leatheart commanded this police force because the Kikh police force deteriorated under Japanese rule.  GCSPF originally had 142 Gurkha members, but it grew to 300 shortly after.

GCSPF is best known for suppressing riots and acts of violence and is known for their discipline, turnout, and bearing.

25 and 9 years of service medal for Gurkha police
25 and 9 years of service medal for Gurkha police

Other Units

Gurkha women working the lines in a dress, flip flops, and hard hat.
Gurkha women working the lines in a dress, flip flops, and hard hat.

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

Gurkha women also have a long history of fighting alongside their male counterparts.  They also have many other talents, which they argue they can do better than the men!  One such talent is nursing.  Brittan accepted Gurkha women into the nursing corps in the 60’s. Radha Rawat was the first Gurkha women to be assigned a nursing position.  She retired as a Major in the 80’s.

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous quote
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw famous quote
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