Guest Posted 11 August , 2017 Share Posted 11 August , 2017 41 minutes ago, Steve B said: The Nickname "Hackney Gurkhas." "The Regiment is proud of its nickname of the "Hackney Gurkhas," although its origin is obscure. It was originally given to the 1st Battalion about the time when they were at Norwich and they carried the name throughout the War, but the 2nd Battalion also seem to have come into the inheritance and took it to France with them and it has stuck ever since." Steve Steve - Going on this account it is worth noting the battalion (and the rest of the 54th Division) went to Norwich then St Albans between April 1915 to July 1915 when they departed for Gallipoli. The 1/4th Nortamptonshire Regt (TF) history (same Brigade) indicates the stay in Norfolk was short, recording a move to St Albans in May....so the window of opportunity looks like Apr-May 1915 in the environs of Norwich - Thetford. Interesting that the name allegedly started in the UK before the battalion had seen any action. It would be interesting to see a trawl of the Norfolk newspapers in Apr-May 1915. The research target area seems to be narrowing. Martin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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