Brigade of Gurkhas

Who we are

The Brigade of Gurkhas is a unique organisation in the British Army with a reputation of being amongst the finest and most feared soldiers in the world. There are currently over 4000 Gurkhas employed in the Brigade of Gurkhas across many trades. 

All Gurkhas are recruited from Nepal, with many thousands of young people attempting selection every year for only a few hundred job opportunities. All Gurkhas are firstly trained at Infanteers at Catterick and then are allocated to their Regiments and Corps as part of the Brigade of Gurkhas, but often working within other organisations of the Army. 

Captain Rambahadur Limbu

Victoria Cross recipient has died peacefully in Nepal

Captain (QGO) (Retd) Rambahadur Limbu VC MVO (10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles) passed away peacefully in Mediciti Hospital, Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday 22 April 2023, at the age of 83. The Officers and Soldiers from across the Brigade of Gurkhas extend their deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and give thanks for his life. He has been a figurehead and exemplar of Gurkha bravery for generations of Gurkha recruits and soldiers. His loss will be felt profoundly by all those he has inspired.

Read more about him on the Gurkha Brigade Association website.

Captain (QGO) (Retd) Rambahadur Limbu VC MVO

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Parbate March/ April 2023 edition

The March/ April 2023 edition of Parbate is available to read online now.

In this bumper second edition of 2023 we cover many Gurkha events and activities from around the world including:

  • 204 New Gurkhas Selected in Nepal to form Gurkha Recruit Intake 23
  • UK Government Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families attends Gurkha Attestation Parade in Nepal
  • Memorial Service for Field Marshall Sir John Chapple – 11th March 2023
  • Remembering those from the Commonwealth and Nepal who gave their lives in the World Wars
  • HRH The Princess Royal visits 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
  • Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas presents annual report to the President of Nepal
  • King Charles III Hall – British Gurkhas Pokhara
  • 42 Gurkhas of RI 22 Attested into the Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Parbate - March April 2023 edition

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Trailwalker is a unique opportunity to put mind, body, and camaraderie to the test. With the Gurkhas by your side, it is the ultimate team endurance event. Following the historic paths of the South Downs Way over rolling chalk hills and past stunning sea views, you'll cover 100km through some of the most beautiful countryside in England.

Trailwalker 23 website

History of the Brigade of Gurkhas

  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

Recruit Intake 23 Attestation Parade 2023

Contact the Headquarters

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