Korean's donate £94,000 to Gloucestershire military museum as thanks for Battle of Imjin
SIXTY years ago, the Glorious Glosters "preserved peace" in the South Korean city of Paju.
And yesterday, the grateful citizens gave £94,000 to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum as thanks for the Battle of Imjin River.
During a harrowing four days in 1951, fewer than 800 soldiers of the Glosters held off an army of 6,000 Chinese. It proved crucial in slowing down the advance of the Chinese into South Korea and was seen as a defining episode in history, turning the tide of the war.
Some 62 years later, money raised by the people of Paju, who commemorate Gloucestershire's fallen heroes in a service each year, will improve a space in the regiment's museum dedicated to that battle and its soldiers.
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In-Jae Lee, the city's mayor, said: "Some 60 years ago they preserved peace in Paju. Without you, the Gloucestershire residents, Paju would not be free.
"We are very grateful to the Gloucestershire Regiment for what they have done for us.
"I am really so happy with our visit to Gloucester. We have met three veterans and I was so touched by them."
Retired Lt Col Rob Dixon, chairman of the museum's trustees, said: "It has all come as a bit of a surprise to us although we knew they wanted to present us with something. We have big plans for the museum's future and £94,000 is an incredible sum. This is very important to us."
Denis Grogan, 82, chairman of the British Korea Veterans Association's Gloucestershire branch, said: "When we were there we were very young and perhaps didn't think so much about what it meant to them, but now you can see just how grateful they are to us."