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  • Date: 22-25 April 1951
  • Location: South Korea
  • Campaign: Korean War (1950-53)
  • Combatants: United Nations (UN) against North Korea and China
  • Protagonists: Major Henry Huth, Colonel James Carne, Brigadier Tom Brodie; General Peng Dehuai
  • Outcome: Chinese offensive to capture Seoul halted, leading ultimately to UN-brokered ceasefire

29 comments

Dawn Hilton
4 April 2016, 1.30am

My late uncle Pte Frank

My late uncle Pte Frank Hilton from Heywood, Lancashire UK was missing in action at Imjin River with the Glorious Gloucester's.
Frank was just 19 years of age.
My late grandmother Edith Hilton and my late father Jack Hilton went out to Korea with the war vets in the 1980's when gran was in her late 80's. She walked up to the memorial on Gloster Hill and lay a wreath for the lads. I have the photo album.
Gran never really got peace of mind what happened to her son, but, she did find out information about how Frank had befriended a Buddhist monk whom he left his personal belongings and flag with should anything happen to him.
The flag now is in the MUSEUM.
R.I.P Lost souls.

Margaret Calamatta
20 February 2016, 10.27am

PERCY THOMAS EDWARD VANBURG.

PERCY THOMAS EDWARD VANBURG. My father also fought at the Imjin River Battle. My father also did not like to talk of the war (he was also a prisoner for 5 yrs at Stalag VIIIB Lamsdorf and also took part in the Death March aka The Long March) during the 2nd World War. He has since passed away but I am possession of all his medals including the American Presidential Citation together with several tapes I found after his death detailing his time in both wars. I wish there was some where I could donate these things so that they are kept for posterity and what these men undertook is never forgotten.

CP Stafford
6 February 2016, 4.14pm

I went to Korea as a

I went to Korea as a reinforcement for the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. I was in x coy. We took part in the battle of Kowangsan (Hill 355) & Hill 217. In this battle we had 108 casualties. This battle
took place from the 5th of October until the 8th of October 1951. My platoon commander (Mr LD Foxton) was killed in this action. When the RNFs went to Hong Kong on October 25th me & another 30 Fusiliers were attached to the Relieving Battalion The Royal Leicester Reg.). On the 5th of November the KOSB were attacked by a Chinese Division & Range of hills 317& 217.

We were in reserve and were chosen as counter attack battalion. The attack failed as the Chinese had a strong defence on these hills. A lot of skirmishes took place on the next 2 weeks & at this time 6 platoon of our Company was overrun by the Chinese. Most were taken
prisoner but 9 were killed in action including the platoon commander. My platoon commander Mr Affentrahger was KIA. By the time we were relieved 21st of Oct my Company lost all the Officer 2 killed & 2 wounded, including the Company Commander. The CSM took over the Company until we were relieved.

I landed back in England on the 1st August 1952 at 20 year old a veteran of 2 battles & lots of patrols.

Peter Stafford

Kris Beasley
4 February 2016, 9.05pm

My grandfather lance corporal

My grandfather lance corporal Peter Beasley was of 1st battalion Gloucester regiment. He was captured at imjin river by the Chinese, marched back to their HQ and interrogated. He and 3 others managed to escape captivity upon air strikes to the camp and make it to UN lines being ambushed several times along the way. He has passed away and never liked to talk about it. He had his medals stolen upon return which disgusts me to this day. Him along with so many others deserve far more recognition for what they have done for this country and the world! Looks like all for nothing with what's going on nowadays. RIP to fallen ones and thanks so much to all those that made these types of sacrifices. True heroes!

Paul Dumpleton
4 February 2016, 7.50am

My father, john was a

My father, john was a signaller in the a Royal Artillary and often speaks about when he drove his jeep on the frozen imjin river.

Steven Rogers
10 November 2015, 8.49pm

My dad Ralph Rogers fought at

My dad Ralph Rogers fought at Imjin River with the Glorious Gloucesters. He was taken prisoner and marched up to China at least a thousand miles in cold conditions. He was a national serviceman he is 84 now and still with us though not in the best of health.

Jim Jacobs
5 September 2015, 1.40pm

I arrived in Korea a few days

I arrived in Korea a few days after my nineteenth birthday, one month before the Imjin River Battle. I was initially posted to 116 Battery 45 Field Regiment RA and immediately seconded to B Troop 170 Independent Mortar Battery due to a shortage of Regimental Signallers and an order, I believe from 29 Brigade HQ, to expand the number of Observation Posts, particularly with the Belgian Battalion on Hill 195. I became an OP signaller sending target data to the mortars throughout the Imjin River battle that started at 2200hrs on 22 April 1951, managing to escape with the Belgians on the morning of 23 April. The following two days were spent in being continually attacked by the Chinese while attempting to make a fighting withdrawal. A and B Troops of 170 Mortar Battery managed to escape, but C Troop lads were not so lucky, going into captivity with the Glosters after being attacked by overwhelming numbers of the enemy. It could be said that we lost the battle, however we did save the South Korean capital, Seoul, and stopped the Chinese having a big May Day Parade in the streets on 1 May 1951.

Neil C. Ormesher
27 August 2015, 9.05pm

My late father too was with C

My late father too was with C Troop 170 Mortar Battery, and was (luckily for me as I was born in 1964) taken prisoner.
He also never mentioned his time in Korea. In fact he never even mentioned the Citation or anything like that.
However he did send many letters home, during his travels to Korea and back, and some during his time as a prisoner. Many of which my Mum kept.
My mother passed away some 10 years after Dad, and now having collated most in chronological order, hose that I can make out make for interesting reading: if only for family interest.
I am endeavouring to transcribe them for posterity for my nephews & nieces etc.
I've not come across any other people named in his letters as yet, as they are basically love letters between two young married people. They married in 1946 and had 3 boys by the time he left for Korea.
Neil C. Ormesher

George Burroughs
1 May 2015, 6.04am

My dad Bill (Jungle)

My dad Bill (Jungle) Burroughs served with 45 Field Regiment RA as a quad driver... I was born while he was in Korea. St George's Day was always a very solemn day for us but it is only recently that I have learnt of the full details of the Battle of the Imjin. Sadly my dad never talked about it.

Martin Mears
28 April 2015, 6.09pm

I was Troop Leader of 70

I was Troop Leader of 70 Battery 45 Field Regt RA at Imjin when we had occasion to fire our 25 pounders "Open Sights" at the enemy, whilst in direct support of the Gloucesters.

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