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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

34 comments

Sarah Mills
6 December 2016, 10.01am

My Grandad Victor G Mills was

My Grandad Victor G Mills was in the gloucesters, he fought in the Imjin battle. They used to call him bomber as there a Granade called the mills Bomb. He was a prisoner of war in North Korea for 2 years & died a year later after his release from Cancer.. I've got a few photos of him but if anyone has any of the groups I'd really interested in seeing them

Trevor Phillips
16 November 2016, 3.55pm

My wife's grandfather John

My wife's grandfather John Habbershaw from Hull served in the Northumberland Fusiliers at the Imjin River. He doesn't talk too much about it, although he did recently mention that the scariest moment of his life was when his platoon retreated across a river under fire from the Chinese. He's now 96 and still going strong. If there are any other relatives or friends of surviving ex-RNF who might remember John please let me know. John was also a veteran of Dunkirk and Monte Casino.

June watkins
13 November 2016, 2.47am

Can anyone remember my father

Can anyone remember my father Kenneth Partis he died in a fire in Korea 24th Dec 1950 .he was in the gloucesters also fought in Burma.

keith cornford
5 October 2016, 2.34pm

REF. HENRY CORNFORD OF MILTON

REF. HENRY CORNFORD OF MILTON REGIS, SITTINGBOURNE KENT.
HENRY IS MY DADS COUSIN AND WAS WITH THE GLOUCESTERS IN KOREA AND I WOULD BE MOST HAPPY TO FIND OUT IF THERE IS ANY ONE SURVIVING THAT ACTION THAT KNEW HIM.
AS FAR AS I CAN DETERMINE HE WAS DOING NATIONAL SERVICE AT THAT TIME.
I AM RESEARCHING HENRYS AS WELL AS OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS SERVICE HISTORY AND FIND IT MOST INTERESTING I WOULD BE MOST INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM ANY FORMER SERVICE MEMBERS WHO KNEW HIM, ALTHOUGH, ALAS, SURVIVORS FROM THE PREVIOUS CONFLICTS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.
KEITH S CORNFORD

john humm
10 May 2016, 12.09pm

arrived in korea 1954 with

arrived in korea 1954 with royal engineers. spent 10 months patrolling imjin river dismantling mines, protecting pintail bridge. had a great time, with american troops, canadian and australian. had some great parties but missed home, anybody out there that knows me please contact.

Dawn Hilton
4 April 2016, 12.30am

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, 9.27am

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, 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.

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