Today, the Gurkhas remain an important part of the British Army. In more recent times, Gurkhas have served in the Falklands and Gulf Wars, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Peacekeeping missions have taken them to Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor and Sierra Leone.
They remain renowned for their loyalty, professionalism and bravery.
Becoming a Gurkha is a matter of great pride. Tens of thousands of young Nepalese men apply, but few are accepted. The rigorous selection procedure includes; English grammar and mathematics tests, initiative and medical assessments, a final interview, and not least, gruelling fitness tests, including a 'doko race', which involves carrying 75 pounds of stones whilst running up a steep 4.2 kilometre course.
Becoming a Gurkha is a matter of great pride. Tens of thousands of young Nepalese men apply, but few are accepted.
Those who pass muster find themselves at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, where a rigorous nine month training course covers language, military skills, and instruction on Western customs and Regimental culture.
After passing out, the young Gurkha soldier joins a Regiment or corps unit. Depending on his aptitude and interests, he could serve as an infantryman in The Royal Gurkha Rifles or as a sapper, signaller, trainee Staff and Personnel Support clerk, professional driver or trainee chef in one of the Brigade's four corps units.
Ahead lie years of adventure, loyalty, service, and indeed danger. Even in recent days, Gurkhas have paid the ultimate sacrifice on operations in Afghanistan.