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1 Gorkha Rifles

1 GORKHA RIFLES

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Regimental Uniform of The Brigade of the Guards
  • Regimental Centre: Subathu, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Regimental Insignia: A pair of crossed Khukris (a Gorkha dagger) with the numeral 1 above.
  • Motto: Kayar Hunu Bhanda Marnu Ramro  (It is better to die than to be a coward).
  • War Cry: Ayo Gorkhali (The Gorkhas Are Here).
  • Regimental Battalions: 1st Battalion
    .................................2nd Battalion
    .................................3rd Battalion
    .................................4th Battalion
    .................................5th Battalion

Post-Independence

  • Battle Honours: Kalidhar and Darsana.
  • Honours & Awards: 1 Param Vir Chakra, 7 Maha Vir Chakras, 16 Vir Chakras, 1 Kirti Chakra, 3 Shaurya Chakras, 1 Yudh Seva Medal and 22 Sena Medals.
  • Comments: Gorkhas from Nepal had extended their empire into the Kumaon, Garhwal and Kangra hills by the mid-18th century. The Gorkha War of 1815 was the result of the interface between the Gorkhas and the British at the time. Always on the lookout for reliable soldiers, the British started a Gorkha (Nusseree) battalion in the Simla hills. Before long, this battalion had made its mark in the battle for Bharatpur in 1826. In 1850, the battalion was termed 66th Gorkha Light Infantry and later the First Gorkha Light Infantry. It became the First King George's Own Gorkha Rifles in 1910 (Malaun Regiment). After Indian independence, the designation changed to the present one. The Regiment's other battalions were raised after 1959. The Regiment has a proud combat record and has always lived up to its reputation. Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, 3/1 GR, is the first & only recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) for the Regiment in 1961.
 

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