Forty years after the first three battalions of Gorkhas were raised, 'extra' battalions were raised and named as such. 33 EXTRA GORKHA REGT was raised in 1857 at Pithoragarh. It became the Fourth GORKHA RIFLES of the Bengal Infantry and after the Coronation Durbar at Delhi, became the Prince of Wales' Own 4th Gorkhas. After independence it is known as the 4th GORKHA RIFLES. It operated in the Lushai hills in 1871, in China in 1900, and in Europe and Mesopotamia during the Great War. One of the battalions formed part of the Chindits under Wingate. Major Jackson in his book on the British Indian Army has called Fourth Gorkhas as the most travelled in the Indian Army.
The regiment recruits its manpower from the Magars and Gurungs of Nepal. Its Regimental Centre is at Sabathu, Himachal Pradesh. The Motto of the regiment is 'Kayar Hunu Bhanda Marnu Ramro' (It is better to die than to be a coward).Battle Honours
Pre-IndependenceAli Masjid, Kabul, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Waziristan, Chitra!, Tirah, Punjab Frontier, China, Afghanistan 1919, Givenchy, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres, St Juliene, Aubers, Festubert, France and Flanders 1914-15, Gallipoli, Egypt, Tigris, Kut al Amara, Baghdad, Mesopotamia, North West Frontier, Baluchistan, Iraq, Syria, The Cauldron, North West Frontier, Baluchistan, The Cauldron, North Africa, Trestina, Monte Cedrone, Italy, Pegu, Chindits, Bishenpur, Shwebo, Mandalay and Burma.
Post-lndependencePunch, Gurais, Punjab 1965, J&.K 1971 and Bilafond La.