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7th DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S OWN GURKHA RIFLES
 
‘Two kukris points upwards, the handles crossed in saltire, the cutting edges of the blades inwards, between the blades the numeral 7 and ensigned with the cypher of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.’
 
 
BATTLE HONOURS
 
The Great War:
“Suez Canal”, “Egypt 1915”, “Megiddo”, “Sharon”, “Palestine 1918”, “Shaiba”, Kut al Amara 1915, 1917”, “Ctesiphon”, “Defence of Kut al Amara”, “Baghdad”, “Sharquat”,“Mesopotamia, 1915-18”
 
“Afghanistan 1919”
 
The Second World War:
“Tobruk 1942”, North Africa 1942, “Cassino”, “i Campriano”, “Poggio del Grillo”“Tavoleto”, “Montebello-Scorticata Ridge”, “Italy 1944”, “Sittang, 1942, 1945”, “Pegu 1942”, “Kyaukse, 1942”, “Schwegyin”, “Imphal”, “Bishenpur”, “Meiktila”, “Capture of Meiktila”, “Defence of Meiktila”, “Rangoon Road”, “Pyawbwe”, “Burma, 1942 - 45”. 
 
“Falkland Islands, 1982”
 
HISTORICAL ORIGINS
 
Raised at Thayetmyo in 1902 by Major E Vansittart as the 8th Gurkha Rifles; became the 2nd Battalion, 10th Gurkha Rifles, 1903 and then 7th Gurkha Rifles in 1907. The 2nd Battalion was raised at Quetta in 1907 by Major N G Woodyatt, the Right Wing becoming the 1st Battalion and the Left Wing becoming the 2nd Battalion 7th Gurkha Rifles. Present designation in 1959.
 
The two battalions amalgamated to form a single battalion under command of Lieutenant Colonel AM Jenkins MC on 1 August 1970 in Hong Kong.
 
The 2nd Battalion was re-raised in Hong Kong on 19 October 1981 under command of Lieutenant Colonel ED Powell-Jones with drafts provided by the Regiment and by 2nd, 6th and 10th Gurkha Rifles. The 1st and 2nd Battalions again amalgamated to form a single Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Colonel RC Couldrey on 15 January 1987. When the Regiment was disbanded on 30 June 1994, the Battalion was redesignated the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles under command of Lieutenant Colonel DG Hayes MBE on 1 July 1994 as part of the merger with the 2nd, 6th and 10th Gurkhas to form The Royal Gurkha Rifles.
 
 
AFFILIATED REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS
 
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)
 
REGIMENTAL MARCHES
 
Pipes and Drums: All the Blue Bonnets are over the Border
Military Band: Old Monmouthshire