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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

27 comments

CP Stafford
6 February 2016, 3.14pm

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, 8.05pm

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, 6.50am

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, 7.49pm

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, 12.40pm

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, 8.05pm

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, 5.04am

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, 5.09pm

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.

Glenn Thomas
20 April 2015, 6.22pm

My Dad, Arthur Charles Thomas

My Dad, Arthur Charles Thomas fought as a Gloster at the Imjin. He was one of the ones who made it through to the American lines. He went on to serve with 22 SAS and finished his time in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). The UDR a forerunner of my Regiment The Royal Irish Regiment where I serve having completed over 30yrs service.

Ken Booth
15 February 2015, 8.07pm

My father 'Gunner Jim Booth'

My father 'Gunner Jim Booth' was a reserve soldier having previously served as a regular in the second world. He had to return into active service to fight for the freedom of an unknown country at the other side of the world in 1950. He never shirked his responsibilities, however it must have been very difficult for him to leave his wife and two young children at that time, knowing that he'd already performed his duty in the second world war. He was assigned to the C troop, Mortar division of the Royal Artillery, during the battle of the Imjin River, in April 1951. Thankfully he was one of the lucky few who managed to escape after the battle and return to the UK later that year. He said very little about his experiences while he was alive, however I was lucky enough to visit Gloucester Hill myself last year, and I found out how significant their stand was. It became apparent how dedicated all those present must have been, and that their efforts resulted in maintaining the independence of South Korea. I'm very proud to know that he played a significant part in ensuring the freedom and democracy of the South Korean people. All the Korean people I met on my trip were extremely friendly and very grateful for the sacrifices made by the British forces. I'm only sorry I didn't have the opportunity to tell my father how grateful the Korean people are to him and his comrades, for their dedication and sacrifice, and how proud I am of him personally, before he died.

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