2nd Gurkha Rifles Cap Badge

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by dryan67, Sep 5, 2021.

  1. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Over forty years ago, I acquired a number of Indian Army cap badges from a company in Pakistan. I think the name of the company was Yousaf and Company at the time. The badges are for the 1st to 19th infantry regiments in the WWII Indian Army (1st Punjab Regiment, etc) as well as the Burma Rifles (ex-20th). I also bought cap badges for the 1st to 10th Gurkha Rifles. I have recently checked the badges to see if they appear correct for the given regiments and all seem right.

    The one badge that does not seem to fit is the badge I have for the 2nd Gurkha Rifles. If some of the badge experts could have a look at my photo of this badge and tell me if this is a possible badge for the 2nd Gurkha Rifles, probably an other rank.

    Thanks. 2ndGR.jpg
     
  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Seems like it is badge of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles.

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    Source

    But I couldn't find any additional info except the image
     
  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Thanks so much for your help.
     
  4. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    I suspect that this may have been their original badge which was then changed when Edward, Prince of Wales became their Colonel in Chief. Then, when he became King, they became the King Edward VII's Own Goorka Rifles.

    The SR bit could be Sirmoor Rifles although I cannot explain what the J is.

    Regards

    Frank
     
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    I could be wrong, but I think the top of the badge is more likely to be the Royal Cipher for King Edward: ERI
    It has just been knocked about a bit.
     
  6. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I'd say GRI...
     
  7. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    idler,

    Agreed, it is GRI. I have seen other representations of this for Georgius Rex Imperator. Here it is on a 1941 six-pence coin.
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