This Day in History: 1994-07-01

The 2nd Goorkhas merged with the 6th, 7th and 10th Gurkha Rifles to form 3 battalions of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. Many of the traditions and distinctions of the 2nd Goorkhas were transferred to the new Regiment, including the ‘lali’ (red piping on uniforms and accoutrements, inherited from the 60th Rifles after fighting alongside them in the Indian Mutiny of 1857), many trophies, pictures and other property the 2nd Goorkhas had owned and, after a delay of three years, the Queen’s Truncheon. The 2nd Goorkhas Band became the Staff Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.