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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


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.

Andrew magill
3 December 2014, 4.10pm

My dad was captured at the

My dad was captured at the imjin river. He was with the 1st batt royal ulster rifles. His name was Andy Magill.

Elizabeth Weston
10 November 2014, 4.28pm

My father Sergeant Daniel

My father Sergeant Daniel McAnulty was with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. He was reported killed in action after the Battle of the Imjin but thankfully his name appeared on a list of prisoners of war and he returned home after the war 1953. He recounted his experiences to me many times and I never tired of hearing them. He sadly passed away in 1984.

Young-Sup Lee
11 October 2014, 11.47am

I am a South Korean and

I am a South Korean and staying in Southampton for my sabbatical year. I took my teen-aged son to Solmari (Gloucester Hill) when we were in South Korea some years ago. I explained the Imjin battle to my son and am now planning to visit the memorial in Gloucester to show our respect to their sacrifice. I and he know we have been deeply indebted to British people. "South Koreans will always remember your sacrifice at the hill and valley during Korean War."

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