Korean War veterans meet in Bolton for final time

Members of the British Korean Veterans’ Association Greater Manchester branch at Christ Church Egerton

Members of the British Korean Veterans’ Association Greater Manchester branch at Christ Church Egerton

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A GROUP of veteran soldiers who fought in the Korean War in the 1950s have met in Bolton for the final time.

The members of the Greater Manchester branch of the British Korean Veterans’ Association have been meeting annually at Christ Church, Egerton, for more than 20 years, to mark the end of the war in 1953.

However, a dwindling membership has made them decide to stop meeting so from this year.

At the final meeting, about 20 veterans met and listened to a commemorative service honouring the men who died during the conflict which began in 1950.

The war saw the United Nations support the Republic of Korea, now known as South Korea, in a conflict with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which has since become known as North korea.

After the service, a plaque was revealed at the church to display the names of all the soldiers from what is now the Greater Manchester area, who died in the war, including the names of Ronald Southworth, James Smith and George Riding who all came from Bolton.

Brian Hough, aged 80, who lives in Tameside, was aged 18 when he went to fight in the war.

He said: “It was a very moving service and I think it is worth remembering what happened back then. This was actually the first war that was fought under the banner of the United Nations.”

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9:08am Thu 3 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

BN look to the headline - this says for the first time and according to the write up this is the last meeting as they have been meeting in Bolton for more than 20 years.
BN look to the headline - this says for the first time and according to the write up this is the last meeting as they have been meeting in Bolton for more than 20 years. oftbewildered2
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10:15am Thu 3 Apr 14

Chrome1 says...

Yes Thorpy. Get your online editor to fix the headline. See what I mean when I say you are an amateur.
Yes Thorpy. Get your online editor to fix the headline. See what I mean when I say you are an amateur. Chrome1
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1:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Julian Thorpe says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
BN look to the headline - this says for the first time and according to the write up this is the last meeting as they have been meeting in Bolton for more than 20 years.
Apologies for the error. This has now been corrected.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: BN look to the headline - this says for the first time and according to the write up this is the last meeting as they have been meeting in Bolton for more than 20 years.[/p][/quote]Apologies for the error. This has now been corrected. Julian Thorpe
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