Explore and Research the History of the Gurkhas

Explore and Research the History of the Gurkhas

“Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had country more faithful friends than you”. Professor Sir Ralph Lilley Turner MC, former Gurkha Officer

The Gurkha’s service to Britain originated during the Anglo-Nepal war in the early 19th century and arose out of each side’s respect for the others honour, bravery and fighting capabilities. Since then they have loyally served Britain as part of the British Indian Army for over a century, fighting for and defending us through numerous wars, campaigns and periods of political unrest. Following the Partition of India in 1947, an agreement between Nepal, India and Britain meant four Gurkha regiments from the Indian Army were transferred to the British Army, eventually becoming the Brigade of Gurkhas.

More than 200,000 fought in the two world wars, and in the past 50 years they have served in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Borneo, Cyprus, the Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq and most recently Afghanistan. Gurkhas today continue to protect and serve Britain with regiments across the UK and the world manned by Nepali soldiers and officers and British officers, a blend of culture that makes the Brigade of Gurkhas unique. Gurkhas are known for their professionalism, fighting prowess, humour and humility, qualities that distinguish themselves in a variety of roles from military deployments to training and public duties and supporting humanitarian efforts.

Explore Gurkha History & Our Collections

Gurkhas at Ahnai Tangi – 14 January 1920

In the aftermath of the First World War a great deal of unrest occurred on the North-West Frontier between India and Afghanistan. The brief 3rd...

Gurkhas and the North-West Frontier

During the period of British rule in India, the British administration often found itself in conflict on its north-western border with Afghanistan. This region, known...

Gurkhas and the First World War

Prior to the outbreak of the First World War the existing 10 Gurkha Regiments of the Gurkha Brigade had only served in Europe once, very...

The Brunei Revolt and The Borneo Confrontation

In 1962 the island of Borneo comprised four different states: Kalimantan, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei. The latter three were British supported territories. In the aftermath of the Malayan Emergency, declared over in 1960,...

Our Research Facilities

The Gurkha Museum holds records and archive material from over 200 years of Gurkha History, including documentation from the period of the earliest Gurkha recruitment into Britain’s forces in 1815. The museum’s records document the expansion of the Brigade and their actions in the 19th century along the North-West Frontier, and records detailing the role of the Gurkhas in both World Wars. 

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