Craig Lawrence author, military historian and lecturer in strategy

Gurkhas: 2015

Sirmoor Rifles (Gurkhas) on Delhi Ridge in 1857
Gurkha soldiers sharpening their kukris in the First World War

out now - GURKHA: 25 YEARS OF THE ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES

​QUOTES ABOUT GURKHAS



A SELECTION OF GURKHA quotes

Eight Gurkhas circa 1815
Gurkhas in Afghanistan
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The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on 1 July 1994 when the existing Gurkha regiments amalgamated to form a single Gurkha regiment of three battalions. Although the RGR has only existed for 25 years, it carries the traditions and history of its antecedent Gurkha regiments and has already established itself as a formidable fighting force in its own right. With a Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and more than 500 photographs, the book provides a visual history of this elite unit. It also includes lots of new quotes about Gurkhas which you might find of interest and was an Amazon best-seller in the 'Nepal' category on both the 16 October and 29 December 2019, earning the coveted 'best-seller' accolade! ​From only £12.50 on Amazon!


Gurkhas: 1815

Gurkha - 25 Years of The Royal Gurkha Rifles is Amazon best-seller on 29 Dec 2019

Gurkhas: 1857

Quotes About Gurkhas


When I'm researching for my books (both history and fiction), I occasionally come across quotes about Gurkhas that I think are worth capturing. I continue to add to the list on this page in the hope that it provides a useful starting point for anyone wanting some pithy quotes about Britain's Gurkhas. For those interested in finding out more about Gurkhas generally, the 'About Gurkhas' page - see the tabs above - provides an updated summary of their 200+ years of service to the British Crown. The details of my latest Gurkha history - which has lots of quotes and was published late last year - is at the bottom of this page.


"Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you."  ​

Professor Sir Ralph Turner MC, ex-3rd Gurkha Rifles

"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."  ​

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Indian Chief of Army Staff (8 June 1969 - 15 January 1973)

"The nastiest part about parachuting is landing, and in this, with his compact light body and strong hill legs, he has a distinct advantage over most other races.  For this reason I would say that, along with the Jap who is similarly built, he is probably the best natural parachutist in the world." 

Lieutenant Colonel F J Loftus-Tottenham, 'Walkabouts and Laughabouts in the Raj' (Undated)

"I have never seen more steadiness or bravery exhibited in my life.  Run they would not and of death they seemed to have no fear, though their comrades were falling thick around them, for we were so near that every shot told." 

Ensign John Shipp describing the Battle of Makwanpur, February 1816

"I must pause in this narrative especially to notice the determined hardihood and bravery with which our two Battalions of Ghoorkhas, The Sirmoor and Nusseeree, met the Sikhs, wherever they were opposed to them.  Soldiers of small stature but indomitable spirit they vied in ardent courage with The Grenadiers of our own nation, and, armed with the short weapons of their mountains, were a terror to the Sikhs throughout this great combat." 

General Sir Hugh Gough, dispatch after the Battle of Sobraon, 1846

"The Gurkhas were merry little chaps and the only native troops with whom British soldiers were friendly enough for joking and playing tricks." 

Frank Richards, 'Old-Soldier Saheb' (1936)

"The Gurkha is a soldier of high battle-skill, a world-famed fighting man and respected in every country where men fought alongside us in the last war." 

Lieutenant General Sir Francis Tuker, 'While Memory Serves' (1950)

"The Gurkha keeps faith not only with his fellow men but with great spiritual concepts, and above all, with himself." 

John Masters, 'Bugles and a Tiger' (1956)

"To serve with a Gurkha soldier under the British Crown was, and is, a rare privilege which nobody who has shared it can ever forget." 

Colonel B R Mullalay, 'Bugle and Kukri' (1957)

"The Almighty created in the Gurkhas an ideal infantryman, indeed an ideal Rifleman, brave, tough, patient, adaptable, skilled in field-craft, intensely proud of his military record and unswerving loyalty." 

Field Marshal Viscount Slim, 'Unofficial History' (1959)



​"It was easy to command such people.  It was a privilege to be allowed to do so." 

Patrick Davis, 'A Child at Arms' (1970)

"Hearing a British Gurkha officer discuss his profession was something like hearing a priest discuss his vocation." 

Byron Farwell, 'The Gurkhas' (1984)

Gurkhas: 1914 - 1918

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