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Old 15-04-21, 03:28 PM
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Default 2 unknown Gurkha badges

Hello,

Can anyone ID these two Crossed Kukri badges please.

They are not my collecting theme so will be available when identified.

thanks in advance
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I have seen the GRI badge before, but have never been sure of it's use. The tiny 4thGR I have never seen before. It is quite crude, more so than usual, but it appears to be an older period made piece.

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The small one is for the '4th (Prince of Wales' Own) Gurkha Rifles' of the Indian Army. In 1924 the '4th Goorkha Rifles' was redesignated the '4th (Prince of Wales Own) Gurkha Rifles' (hence the PoW feathers. Below is 'IV'). The title was discarded in 1950, so your badge would date from 1924 to 1950.

The other is probably the '1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)', also of the Indian Army. They were originally the '1st Gurkha Rifles', but in 1906 became '1st Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment')' and he became Colonel in Chief. When he became King in 1910 the Regiment was renamed '1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)'. You badge would probably date from 1910 to the late 1930s.
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Thank you both, very informative.

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The IVth one is an officers mess dress collar badge. 1924-47. All the examples i have seen are the same. As said the other has been possibly attributed to the 1st as mess servant. quite a few around.
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Thanks Steve, much appreciated.

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