Oldest Gorkha battalion celebrates 200 years of raising

Oldest Gorkha battalion celebrates 200 years of raisinPATHANKOT: Hundreds of serving and veteran officers today celebrated bicentenary of the first battalion of Gorkha Rifles (1/1 GR) with vigor and zest at Pathankot.

Veterans, serving officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks both from India and Nepal attended the event, a defense spokesman said.

Unit’s bicentenary celebrations commenced with a solemn memorial service in honor of the martyrs. Thereafter, a Guard of Honor was presented to Lt Gen Ravi Thodge, Colonel of the Regiment, the spokesman said.

He also addressed a Special Sainik Sammelan and released a befitting First day cover to commemorate the landmark occasion.

The Battalion was raised on April 24, 1815 from the remnants of Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa’s forces who valiantly fought the British at the Malaun Fort near Shimla.

The raising of battalion signaled the birth of present day Gorkha Brigade, he said.

Veer Naris and Gallantry Awards winners were also felicitated during the event.

Over the last two centuries of the battalion’s existence, it has time and again proven its worth by gallant actions in various fields of battle across the world, through the two World Wars, the Indo-Pak wars and in the conflicts of the sub-conventional realm, he said.

The event was a reunion for erstwhile comrades-in-arms who travelled from across the globe to be together at this momentous once-in-a lifetime occasion, he said.

The spirit of bonhomie and espirit de corps was on display during the course of the reunion was emblematic of the strong ties forged between officers and men alike, in the face of adversity, baptized by fire and having yet emerged triumphant time and again, the spokesman said.–PTI

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