42nd Gurkha Rifles

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6th Gurkha Rifles

Refer to general article Gurkha Rifles


  • 1817 raised as the Cuttack Legion
  • 1823 renamed Rangpur Light Infantry
  • 1826 became the 8th Local Light Infantry
  • 1844 became the 1st Assam Light Infantry
  • 1861 renamed the 42nd Bengal Native Infantry
  • 1864 renamed the 42nd (Assam) Bengal Native (Light) Infantry
  • 1885 became the 42nd (Assam) Bengal (Light) Infantry
  • 1886 became the 42nd Regiment of Goorkha Light Infantry
  • 1891 became the 42nd Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment of Bengal Infantry
  • 1901 became the 42nd Gurkha Rifles
  • 1903 became the 6th Gurkha Rifles
  • 1947 allocated to Britain on Partition
  • 1958 became the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles
  • 1994 amalgamated with the 1st Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) to form the 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles.

First World War

Regimental War Diaries are available from the National Archives, Kew, England. Note that many of these are hand written, however transcribed editions are available for Gallipoli, for the 6th Gurkha Rifles and for the 29th Indian Infantry Brigade, of which the 6th Gurkha Rifles was a part, edited by Martin Gillott. publisher Great War Diaries, in Kindle editions which have a Search facility (anyone with Kindle Unlimited can read them for free). (Download of a free Kindle App is available, you don't need Kindle).

For National Archives references, and Theatres of War, refer External Links below.

External Links

Historical books online

  • The Gurkhas Pdf download, Digital Library of India. Archive.org version. A regimental history. This appears to be a reprint edition, for which no author is given, and which advises first published 1960. However the text refers to events in 1964.The most likely publication appears to be The Gurkhas by Harold James and Denis Sheil-Small published 1965, London.
The Gurkhas by James, 1965. Link to a pdf download, PAHAR Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset.