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Service of Thanksgiving to mark 60th anniversary of Korean War

Published: 13 May 2013

The bravery and dedication of those who fought with conviction in the Korean War will be formally marked with a parade and muster of Korean Veterans and a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, on Thursday 11 July 2013.

Some 100,000 British troops served on the Korean peninsula, many of them National Servicemen, as part of a United Nations force after the North Koreans invaded the South in June 1950. They fought for peace alongside Servicemen from the United States of America, Canada, Australia, India and many other UN member states.

An armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, by which point over 1,000 British Servicemen had lost their lives and some 1,060 taken prisoner by the North Koreans. Most famously, nearly the whole of the 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment (now part of The Rifles) were killed or taken prisoner during the Battle of the River Imjin in April 1951.

Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Mark Francois said:

“Sixty years on the Korean War remains an international conflict in which Britain played a significant role and one that should never be forgotten. The commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary will, I hope, be a fitting way for the nation to give thanks to both the veterans, and those who paid the ultimate price in a bitterly fought campaign.”

Approximately 500 British Veterans from the Korean War will march from Horse Guards to Westminster Abbey, remembering those involved in the campaign. A dedicated Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey will follow.

Those wishing to attend are asked to apply by email to [email protected] or in writing to:
Ceremonial, Events and Commemorations Team
Level 6, Zone C
Main Building

FAA Involvement in Korean War

After a mortar and artillary barage, at 04:00 Sunday 25 June 1950, the Communist North Korean Armed Forces crossed the 38th Parallel attacking South Korea. There was a two pronged attack on Seoul with tanks and aircraft and other attacks towards the centre of S Korea and down the east coast.

HMS Triumph was on exercise off Japan and was immediately deployed staying on station until 29 September 1950.

British and Australian carriers were active throughout the war:
HMS Triumph to the end of 1950
HMS Theseus to April 1951
HMS Glory to September 1951
HMAS Sydney to January 1952
HMS Glory to May 1952
HMS Ocean to Novemebr 1952 
HMS Glory to May 1953
HMS Ocean to the end of hostilities in July 1953


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