The history of the 9 GORKHA RIFLES dates back to 1817, when it was raised as Infantry Levy at Fatehgarh. In 1823, it became a regular unit as part of the Bengal Native Infantry. After the reorganisations post-1857, the designation was changed to 9 Bengal Native Infantry with one of its companies formed by Gorkhas and other by hillmen. By then the regiment had fought at Bharatpur, and in the difficult battle of Sobraon in the Anglo Sikh War. In 1893, the regiment became a wholly Gorkha unit of Khas Gorkhas, ie; those who were more closely linked to Hindu ways as compared to the Budhist ways of other Gorkha clans. In 1903, the Regiment was designated as 9 GORKHA RIFLES.9 GR fought in the Great War in Europe and in the inter-war years took part in the operations in the North West Frontier. In World War II, it fought in Italy and North Africa. Its Battalions formed part of the Chindits in Burma, and earned a high reputation in Long Range Penetration operations. In 1962, 1/9 GR fought under the most demanding conditions on Namka Chu in NEFA (Arunachal Pradesh). The regiment continued the fine traditions in 1965 and 1971 , and earned Battle Honours and gallantry awards.The regiment recruits the Chhetries, Khattries, and Thakuries from Nepal. Domiciled Indian Gorkhas are also taken, who form about 20 percent of the strength. The Regimental Centre is at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Regimental Centre : Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
A pair of crossed Khukris with edge downwards, with numeral 9 between the handles, surmounted by the Ashoka Capital.
Kafar Hunu Bhanda Marnu Ramro (Better to Die than being a coward)
Ayo Gorkhali (The Gorkhas are here)
Bhurtpore, Sobraon, Afghanistan, La Bassee, Armentieres, Festubert, Givenchy, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Loos, France and Flanders, Tigris, Kut-Al-Amara, Baghdad, Mesopotamia, Punjab Frontier, Djebel El Meida, Djebel Garci, Ragoubert Souissi, North Africa, Cassino, Hangman’s Hill, Tavoleto, San Marino, Italy, Greece, Malaya, Chindits, Burma, Phillora, Kumarkhali and Dera Baba Nanak.
Honours & Awards
3 Victoria Cross, 29 Military Cross, 1 Ashok Chakra, 5 Maha Vir Chakras, 17 Vir Chakras, 17 Shaurya Chakras, 4 Kirti Chakras, 47 Sena Medals, 155 Mention-in-Despatches, 10 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 7 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 17 Vishisht Seva Medals, 135 COAS Commendation Cards, 12 VCOAS Commendation Cards and 55 GOC-in-C Commendation Cards.