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15th March 2016
On Saturday 12 March 2016 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment was granted the honour of the Freedom of the Borough of Rushmoor, home of the British Army.
This honour is only bestowed upon a Unit if it is unanimously agreed upon by all members of the Council. The members of Rushmoor Borough Council agreed that the Regiment deserved the honour in recognition of overseas service since it has been based in Aldershot, it was also in recognition of the Gurkha 200 celebrations, which were such a key part of last year.
The parade was led by Commander 10 QOGLR, Lieutenant Colonel P S Reehal MBE RLC, followed by each of the Sub-Units led by their respective OCs. We were lucky to have the entire contingent of the band of the Brigade of Gurkhas supporting the parade. After forming up in front of the Princes Hall, the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Martin Tennant, made a speech, congratulating the past and present members of the Regiment in recognition of their “bravery, courage and distinguished achievements” on operational tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, whilst also thanking the Nepalese community in Aldershot for their contribution to the local area.
Upon receiving the Freedom Scroll, Lieutenant Colonel Reehal MBE made a speech to the crowd, thanking the Borough for the “single honour” of the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a Regiment, finishing by saying “We are, and will remain, your obedient servants – your Gurkhas”. Following this, he asked permission from Councillor Tennant for the Regiment to exercise its right to march through the town with Swords drawn and Rifles carried. The full contingent was cheered by hundreds in the crowd, waving Union Flags and supporting the Gurkhas of Aldershot.
The Parade was followed by a Curry Lunch in the Princes Hall, with the Mayor of Rushmoor and the Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Angus Fay, in attendance. It was a wonderful opportunity for the QOGLR Chefs to display their talents and for the Regiment to share its Kaida with the local community.