2nd Gurkhas

Signallers, 1896

After the partition in 1947, the 2nd Gurkhas became part of the British Army. They retained their identity until 1994 when they, along with the 6th Gurkhas, became the 1st battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

These five men show various orders of dress for other ranks. On the left is a sergeant in full dress, dark green with red piping round the shoulder straps and collar. He has a red cummerbund under his mock leather black belt. He holds an SLR 7.62 rifle. The next man is a bugler in the musician's white tunic. The man in the middle is in service dress with the 'hat felt Gurkha'. This has the regimental distinction of the red and black diced band in the form of a small patch on the left side. The collar of his tunic is edged with red. The man in mufti wears his kukri knife in his belt as is traditional for Gurkhas. The right hand man is another musician but is a member of the band as denoted by his pouchbelt.

Uniforms | Regimental History


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