Second New Gurkha Signal Squadron Formed

Posted on November 27, 2018

247 Gurkha Signal Squadron will be the second squadron of Queen’s Gurkha Signals’ (QGS) soldiers to be based at Beacon Barracks.  The other QGS squadron is 248 Gurkha Signal Squadron which is part of 22nd Signal Regiment. The reformation of 247 Gurkha Signal Squadron sees the QGS increase from three to four squadrons. The vast majority of the new Squadron are Gurkha soldiers, drawn from existing squadrons, as well as being bolstered by an increase in Gurkha recruitment from Nepal. Lieutenant Colonel Ben Davenport, Commanding Officer 16th Signal Regiment, said the reformation of the fourth QGS Squadron will continue the tradition of Royal Corps of Signals soldiers serving alongside their Gurkha compatriots: “When I joined the Army back in ’99, there was only one [QCS Squadron]. To establish the fourth, with a fifth being established next year, is fantastic for the Queen’s Gurkha Signals. It beings an extra addition to our family and also means that we have a bit of healthy competition between the British and Gurkha soldiers.”

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