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The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers

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Gurkha Engineers repairing a bridge damaged by Nato bombing, Kosovo, 1999

Origins

Between 1948 and 1950, two Royal Engineers training squadrons were raised in Malaya (now Malaysia) from Gurkha infantrymen. After moving to Hong Kong, they formed part of 50 Field Engineer Regiment in 1951.

This new Royal Engineers regiment was sent to support operations during the Malayan Emergency (1948-60). It was based at Sungei Besi near Kuala Lumpur from 1955 to 1961.

During the 1960s, Gurkha squadrons of the regiment also served during the Indonesian Confrontation (1963-66).

Cap badge, The Queen's Gurkha Engineers, c2000

Cap badge, The Queen's Gurkha Engineers, c2000

A corporal of The Gurkha Engineers, c1976

A corporal of The Gurkha Engineers, c1976

​Gurkha identity

In 1955, 50 Field Engineer Regiment was renamed the Gurkha Engineers and given its own cap badge and insignia. It also became part of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

In 1977, the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, it was redesignated as the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers.

Major Buddhi Bhandari, MVO, The Queen's Gurkha Engineers, 2018

Recent years

Since 1993, its two squadrons have been under the command of 36 Engineer Regiment, but they retain their Queen’s Gurkha Engineers identity. They have played a key role in operations and tasks around the world, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan (2001-14) and Iraq (2003-09).

Gurkha sappers also assisted in the relief effort after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015. In 2018, they deployed to South Sudan on peacekeeping operations.

Regimental museums

The National Army Museum works with a network of Regimental and Corps Museums across the UK to help preserve and share the history and traditions of the Army and its soldiers.

Discover more about The Queen's Gurkha Engineers by visiting The Gurkha Museum in Winchester.

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