The Brigade of Gurkhas

We support the British Army worldwide across a range of skills.

The history of the service of the Brigade of Gurkhas to the British Crown goes back as far as 1815. Since then the Brigade has conducted itself with distinction during numerous conflicts worldwide. Prior to 1997 the Brigade's focus was in the Far East but following the handover of Hong Kong it moved to the UK which is now its base.

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Brigade of Gurkhas Photographic and Video competition

In 2021 we saw some great entries in both the Photography and Video sections, and we encourage more of the serving, Brigade, family members and veterans to get involved.

This is an opportunity to show us and our audiences your skills behind the lens of a camera, video camera and even your mobile phone.

So please do join in and send in your entries. 

Enter the Gurkha Photo and Video competition

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Join us on the 9th July 2022 in Aldershot

The Nepal Cup finals and Brigade of Gurkhas Bhela will take place on Queen's Avenue in Aldershot on the 9th July 2022.

This is a free to attend event and we look forward to seeing both serving and veterans at the event in the Summer.

Brigade of Gurkhas Nepal Cup and Bhela

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Parbate January and February 2022 Edition

The second edition of Parbate for 2022 (March & April) is available to read online now.

Going forward we will be producing six editions a year and moving towards digital-only as part of the Ministry of Defence policy for future production of printed publications.

Parbate January and February Edition

History of the Brigade of Gurkhas

Gurkhas have served the British Crown for over 200 years. It is a rich heritage marked by excellence and sacrifice. The history of the Brigade, from its inception during the early wars between the Honorable East India Company and city-state of Gorkha, through the early Afghan wars, the two World Wars, the Malayan Emergency and Borneo Confrontation, the Falklands, the Balkans, the Gulf Wars, and most recently Afghanistan are set out in the pages above under history.

  1. 1814

    War declared on Nepal

  2. 1816

    Peace Treaty (Sigauli). Gurkhas recruited into the East India Company

  3. 1857

    Proof of loyalty in the Indian Mutiny

  4. WW1 and WW2

    Between both World Wars over 238,000 Gurkhas enlisted into the Brigade

  5. 1947

    Partition of India, Nepalese recruited into the British Army

  6. Recent times

    Malayan Emergency, Borneo, Hong Kong, Falklands, Kosovo, South Sudan, Poland, Estonia, Afghanistan

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Find us on Social Media

We have a vibrant social media community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and we provide easy online access to the Brigade’s two publications – “Parbate” and the annual “Kukri” journal.

Contact the Headquarters

The Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas is located at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.