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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.
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 almost continuous post-war conflicts to modern day Afghanistan are set out in the pages which can be found by navigating the top bar under history.
War declared on Nepal
Peace Treaty (Sigauli). Gurkhas recruited into the East India Company
Proof of loyalty in the Indian Mutiny
WW1 and WW2
Between both World Wars over 238,000 Gurkhas enlisted into the Brigade
Partition of India, Nepalese recruited into the British Army
Malayan Emergency and Borneo, Hong Kong, Falklands and 24 Tours of Afghanistan
The 71-year-old Nepal Cup may not be quite as old as the FIFA World Cup but it certainly matches it in terms of excitement and spirit. This annual football competition pitches teams from units in the British Army’s Brigade of Gurkhas against each other.
On the 16th July 2019 The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) formally presented The Queen’s Truncheon to Her Majesty The Queen, in a private ceremony inside Buckingham Palace in the 1844 room. A silver ring with an inscription about the event has been added to the The Queen’s Truncheon, on the staff, and Her Majesty was keen to see this. Major General G M Strickland DSO MBE (Colonel RGR), talked about the Truncheon and answered her questions. Her Majesty stated it was a pleasure and nice to see.
Find us on Social Media
We have a vibrant social media community on Facebook, Twitter 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.