The Regiment


Regimental History Volume One: £16.95 plus £3.50 P&P(UK) Details
Regimental History Volume Two: £16.95 plus £3.50 P&P(UK) Details
Regimental History Volume Three: £16.95 plus £3.50 P&P(UK) Details
A Short History: £2.50 plus £0.50 P&P(UK) Details
One Hundred Years: £9.95 plus £6.00 P&P(UK) Details
Bugle & Kukri: £4 plus £0.80 P&P(UK) from Assoc Sec  

All publications can be obtained from:

10 GR Regimental Trust

c/o Eastmanton House
OX12 9PJ

Please make your cheque payable to 10 GR Trust and include it with your order. Profits from all the Regimental Publications go to the Trust.

Regimental History Volume One: [backto top]

The first volume of the history of the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles was written by Colonel B.R. Mullaly and published in 1957. It was reproduced in 1993 by the Regimental Trust when stocks ran out. Part of the author's Preface is repeated below:

The History of the 1st Battalion of the 10th Gurkha Rifles, of which I had the honour to be the author, was published in 1924 and took the story of the 1st Battalion to the end of the First World War and the Arab Rebellion in Mesopotamia . Circumstances prevented the recording of the History of the 2nd Battalion until long after the 1914-18 War and it was not until 1937 that the task was undertaken by Major F. R. Gifford. The story was completed up to the outbreak of the Second World War by Lieutenant-Colonel M. R. Roberts, but publication had, perforce, to await the return of peace.

When the last war ended it was determined to produce a complete History of the Regiment, embodying the existing histories of the 1st and 2nd Battalions and telling of the achievements of all four Battalions in the Second World War. Once again I was honoured by being selected to be the regimental historian.

The work had been almost completed when it was decided to continue the story to the time of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II., so bringing the record up to date with the continued existence of the Regiment as a unit of the British Army, its service in Malaya, and the honours conferred upon it of bearing the additional tide of "Princess Mary’s Own" and of affiliation with The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment).

Part I. closely follows the existing histories of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, edited and amplified in the light of subsequent research, and here I must make special mention of the accurate and painstaking work of Colonel R. Gifford, O.B.E., which resulted in his splendid account of the achievements of the 2nd Battalion in the Gallipoli Campaign.

Part II. could not have been satisfactorily completed without the of many of those who had themselves taken part in the events narrated therein, and I gratefully acknowledge the invaluable assistance I have received from so many of my brother-officers, especially the wartime Commanding Officers and others who have read and commented upon the MS. In its various stages and have contributed so generously from the store of their personal knowledge.

Regimental History Volume Two: [backto top]

The second volume of the Regimental History of the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles was written by Major General R.W.L. McAlister CB OBE and published by the Regimental Trust in 1984.

As the author wrote:

This book is dedicated to the Gurkha soldiers of all ranks who served in the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles during the years 1948 to 1975 - their bravery, sacrifice, resource, endurance, dependability, generosity and comradeship invoked as in previous generations the undying admiration and gratitude of their British Officers.

The volume covers the first twenty seven years of the Regiment's service in the British Army, including the Malayan Emergency and the Borneo Confrontation. It records the amalgamation of 1/10 GR and 2/10 GR and ends with the deployment of the Battalion to Cyprus from the UK in 1974.   

Regimental History Volume Three: [backto top]

This third and final hardback volume of its regimental history covers the last 19 years of the 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles - from 1975 to 1994.

Opening with a foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the 418 pages include 67 photographs and illustrations.

For the historians, the appendices include the following:
the early history of the 10th Madras Infantry 1766-1890;
the Honours and Awards earned since 1975 and over 150 additional ones not recorded in either Volumes One or Two;
the complete list of British and Gurkha officers 1975-1994;
and all the Colonels, Commanding Officers, Gurkha Majors and Pandits 1890-1994.

The contents list is as follows:

Chapter I: Gallipoli Barracks/Lines, Hong Kong, April 1975 to April 1978.
Chapter II: Tuker Lines, Brunei, April 1978 to November 1980.
Chapter III: Cassino Lines, Hong Kong, November 1980 to May 1983.
Chapter IV: Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Church Crookham, May 1983 to April 1985.
Chapter V: Burma Lines, Hong Kong, April 1985 to November 1988.
Chapter VI: Tuker Lines, Brunei, November 1988 to October 1990.
Chapter VII: Gallipoli Lines, Hong Kong, October 1990 to July 1994.

A Short History: [backto top]

The Short History, researched, written and edited by D.F. Harding MA FRAS, late 10 GR, was first published in Great Britain in 1990 by the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles Regimental Trust. It incorporates material from an earlier edition by Major (now Colonel (Retd)) M.G. Allen.

This small 47-page booklet includes eight pages of black and white photographs. It covers the origins of the Regiment, the Madras Period 1766-1890 and the Gurkha Period 1890-1990. 

One Hundred Years: [backto top]

This hardback book was first published in 1990 by the Regimental Trust 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles.

It was produced by the officers and soldiers of the Regiment and the Regimental Association, from an original idea by Colonel Mark Cook, who did much of the initial collation of the material. David Harding MA FRAS, the Regimental Archivist at the time, was responsible for historical accuracy and general editing. A 'coffee table' book, it contains large numbers of photographs and press cuttings, reflecting each period of the Regiment.

As the foreword by the then Colonel of the Regiment, Lieutenant General Sir Garry Johnson KCB OBE MC, states:

It is not easy to capture the spirit of a Regiment, nor give an understanding of how its character is formed by an inheritance of past deeds and by the endeavours of its officers and men over a period of time. This volume attempts to do both for a Regiment, which in its long existence has fought for the Crown of England in three guises, first in the pay of the Honourable East India Company, then in the service of the old Indian Army of the Raj and, since 1948, as part of the Order of Battle of the British Army. If the style of the Regiment comes through correctly to the reader it will be recognisable in the term used to describe it by an earlier historian, as being: 'A Regiment for Service and not for Show'.