The 9th Gorkha Rifles annual reunion was held at the Gurkha Museum on Saturday, 21st April 2018.
9 Gorkha Rifles is a Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army comprising Gurkha soldiers of Nepalese origin. The Regiment was initially formed by the British in 1817, and was one of the Gurkha regiments transferred to the Indian Army after independence as part of the tripartite agreement in 1947.
This Gorkha regiment mainly recruits soldiers who come from the Chhetri (Kshatriya) and Thakuri clans of Nepal. Domiciled Indian Gorkhas are also taken, and they form about 20 percent of the regiment’s total strength.
The Principal guest was Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC from the Sirmoor Rifles Association.
He talked about the connection between the 2nd Sirmoor Rifles (2 Gurkha Rifles) and the 9th Gorkha Rilfes.
The 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) was an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army before being transferred to the British Army on India’s independence in 1947. The 4th Battalion joined the Indian Army as the 5th Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles (Sirmoor Rifles), where it exists to this day.