On the 8th September 2020, close to the 163rd Delhi Day (14 Sep), A (Delhi) Company The First Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) organised a ‘Dehradun to Delhi’ Charity Run led by Corporal Kiransingh Pariyar.
The aim of the event was to commemorate the sacrifice of one of The RGR’s antecedent regiments, The Sirmoor Battalion (later 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), at Delhi in 1857, and to raise funds for the RGR Trust. On receiving news of rebellion, The Sirmoor Battalion began the 250km march from Dehradun to Delhi where they defended the key picquet location of Hindu Rao’s House from June until 14th September when an assault on the city commenced. Out of the 490 officers and soldiers of the Sirmoor Battalion, 327 were killed or wounded in the fighting at Delhi. An 8 man team have travelled, collectively, the distance from Dehra Dun to Delhi, each carrying 16kg in webbing and day-sack. The team have raised £3141.00 for The RGR Trust which helps provide for wounded soldiers, their families and the families of those killed in action.