Sunday, 3 May 2009

Ghurkas Await Their Fate

The Ghurkas have served the following brigades:

2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles)
6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles
7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles
10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles

* The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (2001-present)
o Gurkha Army Service Corps (1958-1965)
o Gurkha Transport Regiment (1965-1992)
o Queen's Own Gurkha Transport Regiment (1992-2001)

* Queen's Gurkha Engineers (1977-present)
o Gurkha Engineer Training Squadron, Royal Engineers (1948-1951)
o 50th (Gurkha) Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (1951-1955)
o Gurkha Engineers (1955-1977)

* Queen's Gurkha Signals (1977-present)
o Gurkha Signals (1948-1949)
o Gurkha Royal Signals (1949-1954)
o Gurkha Signals (1954-1977)

* Gurkha Provost Company, Royal Military Police (1949-1957)

* 17th Gurkha Divisional Provost Company, Royal Military Police (1957-1969)

* 2nd Gurkha Parachute Battalion (March-November 1945)

* 3rd Gurkha Parachute Battalion (March-November 1945)

* 153rd Gurkha Parachute Battalion (1941-1945)

* 154th Gurkha Parachute Battalion (1942-1945)

* Gurkha Independent Parachute Company, Parachute Regiment (ca.1960-1970)

These brave guys will learn this week if PM Gordon Brown will let them stay in Britain. Despite having won numerous VC's and countless other medals, they are now under scrutiny to see if they can stay, as Britain no longer needs them.

The Government has claimed it will “respect” the will of MPs, who voted in the House of Commons against its plans to bar the Nepalese veterans from living in the UK.

Now campaigners are determined to hold them to their word – at Tuesday’s crucial Home Affairs Select Committee hearing.

Immigration minister Phil Woolas will spell out plans for the heroes.

Many Gurkhas have been denied the right to stay here – despite risking their lives fighting for Britain.

Peter Carroll, of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, said: “My plea to Gordon Brown would be to listen to the people and feel his heart on this.”

Actress Joanna Lumley, 62, will speak up for the soldiers at the meeting.

I think it's a disgrace that this question should even be asked and trust the MPs will vote in a sane and humane manner !!

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