Gurkha Regiments of World War One

This article contains a complete list of Gurkha battalions which served in the First World War and you can read more about each unit by clicking on the blue links below. This is one of a number of articles I’ve written to help you research soldiers who served in the Indian Army during the First World War:

I also offer a First World War Soldier Research Service.

Gurkha Regiments of the First World War

Below is a complete list of Gurkha infantry battalions which served in WW1. If you click on the regiment’s title you will be taken to a new page which will give you the following information:

  • The Regiment’s lineage and class composition
  • Where the Regiment was stationed in July 1914
  • An overview of its services during the First World War
  • A description of its war diaries including cataloguing numbers
  • Further sources of information
  • Transcriptions taken from the Regiments war diary

This is a work in progress and some regiments have more information than others. I have also written separate guides to Indian Cavalry Regiments and Indian Infantry Regiments.Gurkhas WW1

Gurkhas of the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) taken just prior to the outbreak of the First World War. The Queen’s Trunchion which is partially cropped out is being held by the Gurkha in the centre. The ribbon bar on the soldier’s chests is for the India General Service Medal.

Gurkha Battalions of the First World War

1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment), 1st Battalion

1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment), 2nd Battalion

1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment), 3rd Battalion

2nd King Edward’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), 1st Battalion

2nd King Edward’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), 2nd Battalion

2nd King Edward’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), 3rd Battalion

3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Battalion

3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 4th Battalion

4th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

4th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), 1st Battalion

5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), 2nd Battalion

5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), 3rd Battalion

6th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

6th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

6th Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Battalion

7th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

7th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

7th Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Battalion

8th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

8th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

8th Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Battalion

9th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

9th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

9th Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Battalion

10th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

10th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

11th Gurkha Rifles, 1st Battalion

11th Gurkha Rifles, 2nd Battalion

11th Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Battalion

11th Gurkha Rifles, 4th Battalion

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