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As the news spreads of the team's success on the mountain, messages of support and congratulations have been coming in from the Regimental Associations.

 

From the 2GR Regimental Association:

From the President and all ranks of the Sirmoor Rifles Association, many congratulations on your magnificent achievement. You have made us all so very proud to be Gurkhas.

Your commitment and dedication to the mission have been exemplary and inspirational. You have earned your place in history and have always been in our hearts. Jai Gurkhali.

 

From Brian O'Bree, chairman, 6GR Regimental Association:

It is 200 years ago today that 6GR was raised as the Cuttack Legion by Captain Simon Fraser, as told in John Mackinlay's excellent account in this year's Journal.

It is hugely exciting to be able to report on the Regiment's 200th birthday that news has come from Everest to say that the first serving Gurkha soldiers have summitted Everest yesterday. As chairman, I have sent the following message to the Everest team:

“An absolutely magnificent achievement — many congratulations on behalf of 6th Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association and THULO SHYBASH to all members of the team. You have raised the name of Gurkhas to the highest point — literally. Jai Gurkha!”

We should all raise a glass today to both the Cuttack Legion and to the 2017 Gurkha Everest Team.

 

From the 7GR Regimental Association:

Our huge congratulations to all the Gurkha Everest Expedition team for getting about half a platoon's strength to the summit of Everest. A monumental achievement. Shabash!

 

 

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From the Chairman of the Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017:

It is with great humility and pride that we can confirm that 13 members of the expedition have now summited Mt. Everest: 3 Gurkhas yesterday and 3 British officers (including the Team Leader Maj Dick Gale), one British SNCO and 6 Gurkhas today

Put simply, this is electrifying news. The aim of the expedition was to place a serving Gurkha on the summit of Mt. Everest for the first time. That the team had achieved this by placing 9 Gurkhas and 4 British team members on the summit is a magnificent achievement. They have made history. Their success is due to hard work, self-belief, true teamwork and outstanding team leadership. I specifically highlight Major Dick Gale and Major Andrew Todd, without whom this would not have been possible. 

As we think of their success, we must remember that they are now in the process of extracting from the mountain. I ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers until they are all safely home.

Jai Hos, Jai Gurkhali, Tapain haru kohi chhaina!

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The Gurkha Everest Expedition Team are delighted to announce that a further 10 members of the team have summited Mount Everest this morning, making a total of 13 members to have reached the summit of the world's highest mountain. They are now descending to Camp 2, where they will spend the night before returning to Base Camp tomorrow. We wish them a safe and descent. 

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