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Posted by Alasdair Goulden Secretary on Tue, Sep 04 2018 at 06:59 AM CDT:

In Reply to: THE QUEEN’S REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION posted by Alasdair Goulden on Tue, Sep 04 2018 at 06:57 AM CDT:

Media Appeal: 08 August 2018 Not to be released before 13/08/2018MOD APPEALS FOR FAMILIES OF MISSING OR KILLED GLOUCESTERSHIRE SOLDIERS FROM THE KOREAN WARThe Ministry of Defence (MOD) is offering the opportunity for relatives of UK Service Personnel killed or missing in action in the Korean War to provide DNA samples to support identification of remains. At the recent United States-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Summit, President Trump and Kim Jong Un signed the Sentosa Agreement, which included a commitment to recover remains from the DPRK and return them to the US, where they will be identified.The remains may include UK casualties and the DNA samples will be used to support identification, over a number of years, to make sure any UK personnel identified are ultimately given military funerals at the United Nations cemetery in the Republic of Korea. The MOD also intend to cover costs for immediate family members to attend.The “Glorious Glosters” feature heavily on the database of soldiers killed in Korea with no known grave. The Gloucestershire Regiment was already unique in history for being allowed to wear a cap badge on the front and rear of their berets after their famous battle in 1801 against Napoleonic forces in Egypt. The Battle of Imjin River saw 650 Glosters facing 10,000 Chinese soldiers. They bravely held their position for 3 days before they had to retreat. Most of the battalion were either killed or captured, with only 40 men being able to escape. Nicola Nash from the JCCC said:“We are currently attempting to gather the contact information of the families of these brave men who were killed during the Korean War but have no known grave. Although the process of tracing families, DNA testing and identification will probably take many years, we are hoping that as many families as possible will come forward after seeing our press appeals sothat we are prepared.”Family members of those missing personnel who have no known grave are asked to call the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre on 01452 854622/855258./EndsFor more information:For more information, please contact Nicola Nash, Defence Business Services JCCC Commemorations team on 01452 712612 Ext 6063.DefenceBusinessServices
Notes to EditorsBackground of the Korean War:At the end of WW2, Korea – which had previously been occupied by the Japanese, was divided by an internal border between North and South Korea.The Korean People’s Army (KPA) was established in North Korea and on 25 June 1950, they invaded the South. They rapidly advanced , trapping South Korean and American troops aound thePort of Pusan.The UN responded quickly and encouraged its members to help the south. Many countried sent troops including the United States, Great Britiain, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa.In September 1950 UN troops, under General MacArthur, landed at Inchon, a port halfway up the Korean Peninsular. His forces were able to drive the KPA back into the North and up to the Yalu River, the border between China and North Korea.At this point, Chine entered the war and pushed UN forces back into the South. During the first halfof 1951, fighting stalled and armistice negotiations began in July. These achived little success and the two sides continued to face each other in trenches little more than a mile apart for the next two years.Finally on 27 July 1953, an armistice was signed agreeing that Korea would remain a divided country. About JCCC:1. Following the discovery of the remains of British Service personnel from historic conflicts, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) attempts to identify any living relatives so that they can be involved in the subsequent re-interment and memorial service. 2. Where clear and convincing evidence can be provided to prove the identity of a previously “unknown” grave, a new, named headstone will be provided and the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) will attempt to trace the family and arrange a rededication service held with military honours at the graveside.3. The JCCC is part of MOD’s Defence Business Services (DBS) organisation. It provides a focal point for casualty administration, notification and requests for overseas compassionate travel for members of the British Armed Forces. JCCC also answers enquiries relating to individual historic military fatalities and co-ordinates investigations following the discovery of human remains of British service personnel killed in World War I and World War II. 4. Historical aspects relating to casualties from all Services can range from tracing relatives ofaircrew who were lost in battle in the war years where remains have been discovered, to answering queries about entries in books of remembrance. Interment or memorial services as appropriate are arranged by the Section, in collaboration with UK military units and/or British Embassies.5. For more information on JCCC services please visi

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