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Cap badge, other ranks, 7th Duke of of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1994 (c)

Crossed kukris, with the regimental numeral, '7', and the royal cypher of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021), surmounted by a crown.

After India gained its independence in 1947, the 7th Gurkha Rifles was one of four Gurkha regiments to transfer to the British Army the following year. However, its 3rd Battalion transferred to the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), which remained part of the Indian Army. Some of its other personnel were assigned to the 11th Gurkha Rifles, a newly formed Indian regiment.

Over the next two decades, the 7th Gurkha Rifles spent much of its time deployed in the Far East. Both battalions saw action in the Malayan Emergency (1948-60) and the Indonesian Confrontation (1963-66). During that period, the regiment changed its name to the 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles in 1959.

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NAM. 2015-10-7-1


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