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7th Gurkha Rifles
The 7th Gurkha
Gurkha
Rifles was a rifle regiment of the British Indian Army comprising Gurkha
Gurkha
soldiers of Nepalese origin, before being transferred to the British Army, following India's
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British Raj
Indian languagesGovernment ColonyMonarch of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Emperor/Empressa •  1858–1901 Victoria •  1901–1910 Edward VII •  1910–1936 George V •  1936 Edward VIII •  1936–1947 George VI Viceroy
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Gerald Templer
Field Marshal Sir Gerald Walter Robert Templer, KG, GCB, GCMG, KBE, DSO (11 September 1898 – 25 October 1979) was a senior British Army officer who fought in both the world wars. He is best known for his defeat of the guerrilla rebels in Malaya between 1952 and 1954. As Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), the professional head of the British Army, from 1955–58, he was Prime Minister Anthony Eden's chief military adviser during the Suez Crisis.Contents1 Early life and military career 2 Between the wars 3 Second World War 4 Postwar 5 High Commissioner of Malaya 6 Later military career 7 Family 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 External linksEarly life and military career[edit] Gerald Walter Robert Templer was born on 11 September 1898 at 15 Wellesley Road, in Colchester, Essex, the son (and only child) of Lieutenant Colonel Walter Francis Templer, of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and Mabel Eileen Templer (née Johnston)
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Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh
Second World WarBattle of Crete Battle of Cape Matapan Allied invasion of Sicily Operation Dragoon Operation Robson Operation Lentil Battle of OkinawaAwards Mentioned in dispatches Croix de Guerre with Palm Greek War CrossRoyal family of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the other Commonwealth realmsHM The Queen HRH The Duke
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Queen's Guard
The Queen's Guard
Queen's Guard
and Queen's Life Guard (called King's Guard and King's Life Guard when the reigning monarch is male) are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in the United Kingdom. The British Army
British Army
has regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards predating the English Restoration
English Restoration
(1660), and since the reign of King Charles II these regiments have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign's palaces. They are not purely ceremonial, despite tourist perceptions to the contrary
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Buckingham Palace
Coordinates: 51°30′3″N 0°8′31″W / 51.50083°N 0.14194°W / 51.50083; -0.14194The principal façade of Buckingham Palace, the East Front, was originally constructed by Edward Blore
Edward Blore
and completed in 1850. It was remodelled by Sir Aston Webb
Aston Webb
in 1913. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
(UK: /ˈbʌkɪŋəm ˈpælɪs/[1][2]) is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.[a][3] Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people
British people
at times of national rejoicing and mourning. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years
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2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles)
The 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha
Gurkha
Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) was a rifle regiment of the British Indian Army
British Indian Army
before being transferred to the British Army
British Army
on India's independence in 1947. It consisted of Gurkha
Gurkha
soldiers from Nepal. The 4th Battalion joined the Indian Army as the 5th Battalion, 8th Gorkha Rifles
8th Gorkha Rifles
(Sirmoor Rifles), where it exists to this day. As part of the British Army, the regiment served in Malaya, Hong Kong and Brunei
Brunei
until 1994 when it was amalgamated with the other three British Army
British Army
Gurkha
Gurkha
regiments to form the Royal Gurkha
Gurkha
Rifles
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6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles
Third Anglo-Burmese War Great War Gallipoli
Gallipoli
campaign Persian campaign Mesopotamian campaignSecond World WarItalian campaign Burma
Burma
campaignMalayan Emergency ConfrontationDecorations 2 VCsInsigniaShoulder FlashAbbreviation 6 GRThe 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha
Gurkha
Rifles was a rifle regiment of the British Indian Army
British Indian Army
comprising Gurkha
Gurkha
soldiers of Nepalese origin, before being transferred to the British Army
British Army
following India's independence. Originally raised in 1817 as part of the army of the British East India
India
Company, the regiment has been known by a number of names throughout its history
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Royal Gurkha Rifles
The Royal Gurkha
Gurkha
Rifles (RGR) is a rifle regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Unlike other regiments in the British Army, RGR soldiers are recruited from Nepal, which is neither a dependent territory of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
nor a member of the Commonwealth
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Earl Kitchener Of Khartoum
Earl Kitchener, of Khartoum and of Broome in the County of Kent, was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1914 for the famous soldier Field Marshal Herbert Kitchener, 1st Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum.[1][2] He had already been created Baron Kitchener of Khartoum, and of Aspall in the County of Suffolk, in 1898,[3] Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, and of the Vaal in the Colony of Transvaal, and of Aspall in the County of Suffolk, in 1902,[4] and was made Baron Denton, of Denton in the County of Kent, and Viscount Broome, of Broome in the County of Kent, at the same time he was granted the earldom. These titles were also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The barony of 1898 was created with normal remainder to the heirs male of his body
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Walter Walker (British Army Officer)
General
General
Sir Walter Colyear Walker KCB, CBE, DSO & Two Bars (11 November 1912 – 12 August 2001) was a senior British Army
British Army
officer who served as Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Northern Europe
Allied Forces Northern Europe
from 1969 until his retirement in 1972. He commanded the 4/8th Gurkhas Rifles against the Japanese Army in Burma
Burma
during the Second World War. He commanded the 1/6 Gurkha Rifles from 1950 to 1953 and he commanded the 99th Gurkha Infantry Brigade Group from 1957 to 1959 during the Malayan Emergency. Walker was Director of Operations in Borneo
Borneo
from 1962 to 1965 during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation
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United Kingdom
The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe
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Miles Hunt-Davis
Brigadier Sir Miles Garth Hunt-Davis, GCVO, CBE (born 1938) is a retired British Army officer who was Private Secretary to The Duke of Edinburgh from 1993 until 2010.Contents1 Early life and education 2 Military career 3 Personal life 4 Private Secretary 5 ReferencesEarly life and education[edit] Hunt-Davis was born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa, in 1938 and educated at St Andrew's College. Military career[edit] After attending the Mons Officer Cadet School, Hunt-Davis was commissioned a probationary second lieutenant in the Queen's Brigade of the Territorial Army on 5 August 1960,[1] and relinquished his commission on 16 November 1961.[2] He joined the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles as a second lieutenant (direct-entry) holding a short-service commission on 14 April 1962.[3] On 16 October 1963, he was granted a regular commission in the same regiment with the rank of second lieutenant (seniority 14 April 1962).[4] He served in Borneo and Malaysia
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The Royal Gurkha Rifles
The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) is a rifle regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Unlike other regiments in the British Army, RGR soldiers are recruited from Nepal, which is neither a dependent territory of the United Kingdom nor a member of the Commonwealth
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The Gurkha Museum
The Gurkha
Gurkha
Museum commemorates the service of Gurkha
Gurkha
soldiers to the British Crown, a relationship that has endured since 1815. It is located in Winchester
Winchester
in Hampshire, England
England
and is part of Winchester's Military Museums. Besides tableaux, dioramas, showcases and interactive touchscreen displays, there are visual and audio depictions of Nepal
Nepal
and of the Gurkhas' renowned military history, including the award of 26 Victoria Crosses. There is a Friends of the Gurkha
Gurkha
Museum organisation and an annual programme of lectures and events. The Museum is a Registered Charity No
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Gurkha Welfare Trust
The Gurkha
Gurkha
Welfare Trust is a British charity (Reg. Charity No. 1103669) established in 1969. It is the principal UK charity dedicated to the provision of aid to Gurkha
Gurkha
ex-servicemen and their dependants in their homeland of Nepal, and increasingly in the UK and elsewhere. Nepal
Nepal
has limited industry, agriculture and infrastructure. It also lacks an effective public social welfare system. This means that the work of the Trust is critical in improving conditions for ex-servicemen and their dependants, who are often unable to work through age, illness or injury.[1] The Patron of the Trust is HRH The Prince of Wales
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