First battalion of Gorkha rifles celebrates Bicentenary year
First Battalion the First Gorkha Rifles (1/1 GR) on 24 April 2015 celebrated its Bicentenary at Pathankot, Punjab.
To mark this day, hundreds of serving and veteran Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of the battalion both from India and Nepal attended the function.
Bicentenary celebrations of the battalion commenced with a solemn memorial service in honour of the martyrs.
About First Gorkha Rifles Battalion
- The First Gorkha Rifles Battalion was raised on 24 April 1815.
- It was raised from the remnants of Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa’s forces that had valiantly fought the British at the Malaun Fort near Shimla in the Anglo Nepal War of 1814-16.
- Later the raising of battalion had signalled the birth of present day Gorkha Brigade which is also present in Bristish Army apart from Indian Army.
- In last two Centuries, the battalion had shown its gallant actions in various fields of battle across the world including in two World Wars, the Indo-Pak wars and in the conflicts of the sub-conventional realm.
- After independence, the Gorkha Regiments have been awarded numerous awards and medals. It includes 3 Param Vir Chakras, 33 Maha Vir Chakras, and 84 Vir Chakras.