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Korea veterans march on 'forgotten war's' 60th anniversary

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Published on Jul 11, 2013

Hundreds of Korean War veterans march through London, before attending a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, to mark 60 years since the "forgotten war".

Around 250 veterans aged in their 80s marched through central London before they were joined by hundreds more for a service of thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey.

Some 100,000 British personnel served on the Korean peninsula during the conflict as part of a United Nations force, after North Korea invaded the South in June 1950. More than 1,000 British servicemen were killed and 1,060 taken prisoner.

Veterans assembling for the parade recalled living in trenches in desolate mountains where the weather would swing to extremes as the seasons changed.

There was also heavy fighting, often hand-to-hand, with North Korean and Chinese soldiers who frequently attacked in overwhelming numbers.

In one of the war's most famous incidents, nearly all those in 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, now part of The Rifles, were killed or taken prisoner during the Battle of the Imjin River in April 1951.

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