Click here to join the mailing List to receive details of news-events-reunions etc

Home

Latest

Events

Slashers

Services

Messages

RGBW Assoc

Band

Rifles

 Photos

 Clothing

Golf Soc

 
B.Badge Citation Remembrance Honours Nicknames Change Join Assoc Research Shop Museum Links Branches
 

The Battle Battle of the Imjin River. Korea April 1951
 

From 22 to 25 of April 1951 around 750 men of the Gloucestershire Regiment and Troop C. 170th Independent Mortar Battery, Royal Artillery, fought a force of over 10,000 Chinese regular troops. Towards the end of the Battle the Glosters were completely surrounded and running out of ammunition. Some men were reduced to fighting with bayonets and fists. Against overwhelming odds the Glosters held the line against the Chinese for four days.
When they were finally given the order to break out only forty men managed to reach safety. The Chinese captured or killed the rest. The Glostersí actions in delaying the Chinese allowed the rest of the United Nations forces time to regroup and block the advance of the enemy towards the South Korean capital Seoul.

For their heroic stand
during the Battle of the Imjin River, Korea April 1951 the Glosters were awarded by the President of the United States of America, the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest American award for collective gallantry in battle. [see below]
                                                                                         

Following the amalgamation of the Gloucestershire Regiment with the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment in 1994 the Citation was carried forward to the newly formed, Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. A further amalgamation in February 2007 saw the Regiment merged again, this time with the Devon & Dorset Light Infantry to become 1st. Battalion, The Rifles. The decision was made that the Presidential Unit Citation would not be worn by the soldiers of the rifles.

No longer will the small Blue Flash be worn on the arm of the Soldiers to tell the story of the Bravery of the Glosters in a war fought 50 years ago. Some may call it a forgotten war, not us.


On the 30th March 2008, in a small ceremony  held in Gloucester Cathedral, a copy of the Citation was presented by Lt. Col. Guy Temple MC, Mr. Tony Eagles MBE and Mr. Sam Mercer MBE, three veterans of the battle to the Dean of Gloucester Cathedral. It is placed next to the small stone cross carved by Col. JP Carne VC [CO 1 Glosters] whilst held prisoner in solitary isolation by the Chinese Communist forces.

CITATION READS

The 1st. Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, British Army and Troop C. 170th Independent Mortar Battery, Royal Artillery, attached, are cited for exceptionally outstanding performance of duty and extraordinary heroism in action against the armed enemy near Solma-ri, Korea on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of April 1951.

The 1st. Battalion and Troop C were defending a very critical sector of the battle front during a determined attack by the enemy. The defending units were overwhelmingly outnumbered.
The 63rd Chinese Communist Army drove the full force of its savage assault at the positions held by the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment and attached unit. The route of supply ran southeast from the Battalion between two hills.
The hills dominated the surrounding terrain northwest to Imjin River.
Enemy pressure built up on the battalion front during the day, 23 April. On 24 April, the weight of the attack had driven the right flank of the battalion back. The pressure grew heavier and heavier and the battalion and attached unit were forced into a perimeter defense on Hill 235. During the night, heavy enemy forces had by-passed the staunch defenders and closed all avenues of escape. The courageous soldiers of the battalion and attached unit were holding the critical route selected by the enemy for one column of the general offensive designed to encircle and destroy I Corps. These gallant soldiers would not retreat. As they were compressed tighter and tighter in their perimeter defense, they called for close-in air strikes to assist in holding firm. Completely surrounded by tremendous numbers, these indomitable, resolute, and tenacious soldiers fought back with unsurpassed fortitude and courage. As ammunition ran low and the advancing hordes moved closer and closer, these splendid soldiers fought back viciously to prevent the enemy from overrunning the position and moving rapidly on the south.

Their heroic stand provided the critically needed time to regroup other I Corps units and block the southern advance of the enemy. Time and again efforts were made to reach the battalion, but the enemy strength blocked each effort. Without thought of defeat or surrender, this heroic force demonstrated superb battlefield courage and discipline. Every yard of ground they surrendered was covered with enemy dead until the last gallant soldier of the fighting battalion was overpowered by the final surge of the enemy masses.
The 1st. Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment and Troop C. 170th. Independent Mortar Battery displayed such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing their mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions as to set them apart and above other units participating in the same battle.
Their sustained brilliance in battle, their resoluteness, and extraordinary heroism are in keeping with the finest traditions of the renowned military forces of the British Commonwealth, and reflect unsurpassed credit on these courageous soldiers and their homeland.


BY COMMAND OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL VAN FLEET

 

                   

 Memorial Glosters Valley Korea

             Glosters Roll of Honour Korea

 
Scroll Down     Scroll Up     Stop     Return to Top


 Pte. S A W Allum 22370578
Died 23.04.51 No Known Grave 

Major P A Angier
Died 23.04.51 No Known Grave

22346555 Pte A L Bailey
 Died 25.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
 Plot 23, Row 11, Grave No. 1672

6400228 Pte C E Bailey
Died 6.02.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No.123

22530093 L/Cpl K W Baldwin
Died  26.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7 Grave No.1765

22341326 Pte R T Ballard
Died 23.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 23, Row 11, Grave No. 1673

22530139 L/Cpl D A Balls
Died 23.04.51 No Known Grave

14405268 Pte D N Barber
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

13021614 Pte F T Barclay
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

21015246 Cpl L J Bishop
Died 23/24.4.51 No Known Grave

14453219 Pte V T Bowl
Died 03.07.51 No Known Grave

22204567 Pte F S Brailsford
Died 19.03.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 3, Grave No. 136

19030887 Cpl G B Burchill
Died  24/25.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 9, Grave No. 1790

22266031Pte M R E Burton
Died 16.02.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 132

22373549 Pte R J Burton
Died 23.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 8, Grave No. 1777

5182258 CQMS [C.Sgt] H E Buxcey
Died  26.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1769

397831 Lt H C Cabral
Died  27.11.51 No Known Grave

5049612 Pte J Cain
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

22530192 Pte A Campbell. Att. R. Norfolk Rgt
Died 26/27.11.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 22, Row 1, Grave No. 1409

926712 Pte D Cason
Died  15.02.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 128

1470486 Pte R H Cham
Died 22.09.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 8, Grave No. 7829

22348452 Pte G Chapman
Died 26.04.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1773

71440 Pte N F Chitty
Died  25.04.51 No Known Grave

4041595 Pte G Clarke
Died  26.04.51 No Known Grave

22332701 Pte F M Clutterbuck
Died  26.04.51 No Known Grave

22530176 Pte R B Cook
Died 23.04.51 No Known Grave

22348454 Pte D A Cornish
Died  24.04.51 No Known Grave

14218391 Pte J J Cragg
Died 22.06.52
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 7, Grave No. 7815

22530041 Pte R E Crews
Died 26.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 3, Grave No. 7776

5570115Pte E Crowson
Died 13.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 1, Grave No. 115

365680 Lt. P K E Curtis VC. DCLI att 1 Glosters
Died 23.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 10, Grave No. 1809

22530138 Pte G Davies
Died  16.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 127

6290154 Pte W E Dix
Died  24.04.51 No Known Grave

4468299 Pte W J Donaldson
Died 09.06.51 No Known Grave

106657  Pte R Dwyer
Died 25.11.50
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 8, Grave No. 7835

14076869 Sgt K D Eames MM
Died 26.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1770

6460551 Pte G Ellson [M'sex Regt att Glosters]
Died 15.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 1, Grave No. 118

5049608 Pte P J Etherington
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

14448578 Cpl R F Firth [DWR att 1 Glosters]
Died 10.07.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 4, Grave No. 1735

22346580 Pte D G Fluck
Died 13.06.51 No Known Grave

413584 2nd. Lt B S Gael 
Died 17.06.51 No Known Grave

22289532 Pte B G Gallup
Died 01.08.51 No Known Grave

22096764 Pte R A Gilding
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

19035231 Pte C G W Gray
Died 23.06.51 No Known Grave

22348472 L/Cpl R J Gray
Died  29.06.51 No Known Grave

22530290 Pte H Green
Died  26.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan

Plot 24, Row 9, Grave No. 1800

22401954 Pte G H Groom
Died 29.10.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 23, Row 3, Grave No. 1574

22287002 Pte K G Gudge
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

22332720 Pte D R K Hamson
Died 23.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1776

22522209 Pte G R Harris
Died  05.06.51 No Known Grave

22273326 Pte E E Harrison
Died 01.05.51 No Known Grave

19034201 Pte W J Hawkes
Died  26.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1774

869731 Cpl A Herrall
Died 16.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No 130

22341857 Pte J D Heward [Glos att RUR]
Died 19.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 3, Grave No 138

5989281 Pte V H Hill
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

22530111 Pte F B Hilton
Died 26.04.51 No Known Grave

22244114 Pte D L Hobden
Died 18.05.52
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 22, Row 3, Grave No. 1437

22341335  Pte P D Hone
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

5570070 Pte R W Hughes
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

5110484 Pte G N Hunter
Died  05.11.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 6, Grave No 7811

22288886 Cpl R L V Hurst MD
Died 16.11.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 6, Grave No. 7804

6345458 L/Cpl G Inns [M'sex Regt att Glosters]
Died 24.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 2, Grave No. 703

14054860 Pte B L Jackson
Died 04.07.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 11, Grave No. 7862

22304253 Pte D G E Jones [Glos att RUR]
Died 28.04.51 No Known Grave

6400278 Pte H Jones
Died 23.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1775

19048173  Cpl R E Jones
Died  16.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 129

6202999 Pte A G Judge [M'sex Regt att Glosters]
Died  23.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1766

5569911 Pte T J Kelly
Died  13.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 1, Grave No. 114

14456265 Pte D W King [att RUR]
Died 25.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 10, Grave No. 804

6299820 Pte S H Law
Died 11.12.50
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 5, Grave No. 739

5336089 L/Cpl G H Lawrence
Died 25.11.50
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 6, Grave No. 7809

22189576 L/Cpl G L S Lee
Died 25.09.51 No Known Grave

22249497 Pte E C Madgwick
Died 01.05.51 No Known Grave

407962 2nd Lt J M Maycock
Died  23.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 23, Row 11, Grave No. 1678

206612 Cpl P J Maycock
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

22550279 Pte T Meads
Died  24.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 39, Row 5, Grave No. 3372

14467055 L/Cpl D D Mew
Died 21.09.51 No Known Grave

1609997 Pte J Morley
Died 24/25.04.51 No Known Grave

22315901 Pte D G Morris [att RUR]
Died 25.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 2, Grave No. 1713

22184326 Pte E C Morriss
Died 25.04.51 No Known Grave

3654440 Pte J Moyes
Died 17.10.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 9, Grave No. 7842

14462575 Sgt D Northey MD
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

22373545 Pte R T Othen
Died 11.08.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 9, Grave No. 7843

3959923 Pte K J Partis
Died 24.12.50
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 9, Grave No. 788

5619449 Pte E W Partridge
Died 04.01.52
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 6, Grave No. 7812

22192181 Pte L C Payne
Died  05.09.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 11, Grave No. 7865

22530239 Pte A K Pearce
Died  25.04.51 No Known Grave

14459082 Pte M C W J Penrose
Died 01.06.51 No Known Grave

5110764 Cpl W D Possee
Died 26.04.51 No Known Grave

19034202  Cpl A J Powell
Died 25.10.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 6, Grave No. 7807

380896 Cptn R A St M Reeve-Tucker
Died 25.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 9, Grave No. 1789
 
370845 Lt L H St C Reilly [att M'sex Regt]
Died 11.01.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 1, Grave No. 109

22548939 Pte J P Richards [Welch Regt att Glosters]
Died 25.12.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 23, Row 10, Grave No. 1658

5186750 Pte W Roberts
Died 25.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 9, Grave No. 1793

22341296 Pte B N Robins
Died  24.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 3, Grave No. 715

5885232 Pte F W Shelton
Died  01.08.51 No Known Grave

22198632 Pte A J Sheppard
Died  26.04.51 No Known Grave

14421345 Cpl J E Short
Died 24.05.51 No Known Grave

397307 Lt. D A Simcox [Beds & Herts att Glosters]
Died 16.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 126

22341319 Pte J B Skoines
Died  24.04.51 No Known Grave

2066993 L/Cpl G Spuffard
Died 16.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 124

1469820 Pte W F Synnott
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

22244986 L/Cpl D M Taylor
Died 25.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1768

5569912 L/Cpl I J Taylor
Died  24.04.51 No Known Grave

22530194 Pte H F E Tucker
Died 23.04.51 No Known Grave

6015121 Pte W G Tyler
Died  16.02.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave no. 125

3662604 Pte H Uttley
Died  23.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 3, Grave No. 711

14189010 Pte R Vosper
Died 24/25.04.51
Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 24, Row 7, Grave No. 1771

403718 2nd Lt. T E Waters GC. [W Yorks att Glosters]
Died 01.06.51 No Known Grave

14456816 Cpl R W Wellington
Died 24.10.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 70, Row 6, Grave No. 7810

6142972 Pte K F Williams
Died  16.02.51 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 4, Row 2, Grave No. 131

22329595 Pte D W Winter
Died 24.04.51 No Known Grave

6286946 Pte J R Wylie
Died  12.12.50 Buried UN Memorial Cemetery Pusan
Plot 17, Row 5, Grave No. 738

 

 

UN
Memorial
Cemetery



Pusan
Korea

ABSENT VETERANS

WOULD that you could wander still
Through grassy fields by wooded hill
When morning bird-song fills the air
And yet another spring is here,

If only you could still feel the sun
Upon your face when winters done.
And smell sweet scented flowers fair
When yet another summers here.

But fate decided otherwise
And you, beneath Korean skies
A gallant band of comrades lie.
Your duty done, your merit high.

No changing seasons can erase
That once familiar name, that face
Which comes and lingers in each thought
Of those with whom we lived and fought

Pte. DUR Lidstone (1920-2004)
Gloucestershire Regiment

 Read the complete history of the Regiment from it's beginnings in 1694 until amalgamation in 1994
In the 3rd and Final Edition of
'Cap of Honour'

 'Cap of Honour'
The 300 Years of the Gloucestershire Regiment
 To Buy online
 Click here to visit the Soldiers of
 Gloucestershire Shop

Contact Us