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.

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.

  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 and Borneo, Hong Kong, Falklands and 24 Tours of Afghanistan

Recruit Intake 20 assigned to units

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British Gurkhas and UK Government rescue mission to help stranded Brits in Nepal

A rescue mission to retrieve more than 100 British travellers stranded in remote parts of Nepal was carried out with military precision - when the British Gurkhas Nepal were called in.


Kent's Gurkhas Run Length of Country for Charity

A team of Gurkha soldiers from Kent are running the distance of Land’s End to John o’ Groats to raise money for their local hospital trust.

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Attestation parade in Nepal

Head of the British Army Inspects the New Gurkhas in Nepal

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.