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Unit History: Gurkha Infantry Brigade

Gurkha Infantry Brigade The Association of the Brigade of Gurkhas with Brunei dates back to 1962. In addition to the resident Gurkha Infantry Battalion, specialist organisations were formed to augment the Battalion’s capability. For example, the Battalion originally possessed an air platoon, which operated Sioux helicopters for casevac, reconnaissance and limited troop movement duties. This developed into C Flt of 660 Sqn Army Air Corps, operating Scout helicopters, with the parent Squadron based in Hong Kong. Today their spirit lives on in the form of 7 Flight Army Air Corps, who operate Bell 212 helicopters and perform the same duties.

Originally, the Brunei Gurkha Battalion was part of the Gurkha Field Force, based in Hong Kong. Command was subsequently transferred to 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade, also based in Hong Kong, when 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade was re-raised in 1986. The Battalion was supported administratively by only two Officers: The Garrison Adjutant, who became the Garrison Administration Commandant and who is now known as SO2 G1 Welfare/SSO, and the Transport and Movement Officer, now known as SO3 Logistic Support.

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving Gurkha Infantry Brigade

"Alan, you might be interested to know of a book by General Charles Millman. It is called ’Stand Easy, or the Rear Rank Remembers’. Gen Millman was Brigade Major to the 99 Gurkha Infantry Brigade in the Kuching area during the Borneo Confrontation in 1964/5.At the end of the chapter describing this period he mentions that he was awarded the GSM with clasp ’Borneo’ and also that he had been awarded the ’Ahli Mangku Negara’, by a grateful Malaysian government. This award equates to our MBE. "
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