10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (10 QOGLR) have enjoyed a traditional and colourful day of celebrations as they held their annual Kasam Khane ceremony and marked their 61st anniversary since their formation.
The event took place on Saturday 20th July in Aldershot at St Omer Barracks amongst special guests, families and friends. The 61st anniversary celebrations kicked off in the glorious sunshine, firstly with an inspection of the troops by Major General Angus Fay CB then the Kasam Khane ceremony took place followed by A selection of presentations. The Kasam Khane ceremony is significant to the celebrations because it is the swearing of the oath of allegiance to the Regiment.
Major General Fay attended in his capacity as the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Logistics Operations) and Colonel of the Regiment. He inspected the front rank of the two Kasam Khane contingents and The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment Pipes and Drums who led and supported the Regiment on parade.
During the Kasam Khane ceremony an initial oath is taken by all new soldiers as part of the enlistment process where they swear loyalty to the Monarch and promise to faithfully defend and uphold them, their heirs and successors, and to obey the orders of those Officers placed over them. The affirmation is a key aspect of joining the British Army and soldiers cannot serve until this oath has been made.
Upon joining their individual Regiments as trained soldiers, it is customary for the soldiers in Regiments of the Brigade of Gurkhas to swear a second oath. This is what is known as the Kasam Khane and for those of 10 QOGLR it takes place annually. The Kasam Khane dates back to the eighteenth century, the exact format of each ceremony varies between the Regiments but for those joining 10 QOGLR, whose first Kasam Khane was held in Kluang, Malaya in 1962, the format of the ceremony started with a display of silent drill and concluded with the touching of the Regimental Colours whilst marching under them.