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Posted on Thursday 11th July

A thanksgiving service is being held in Westminster Abbey this morning, followed a parade at Horse Guards Parade, marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

Approximately 500 veterans of the War, which took place from 1959-53, marched from Horse Guards Parade to the Abbey at 10.45 am for the 15-minute service which will commence at 12 noon, remembering approximately 1,000 men killed and 1,060 taken prisoner during the conflict.

An armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, but the two Koreas remain technically at war.

Around 100,000 British troops - predominantly National Servicemen - served in Korea as part of a United Nations force.

Almost all of those serving with the 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment - now part of The Rifles - were killed or taken prisoner during the Battle of the River Imjin in April 1951.

A Korean War Commemoration Day will take place on 27 July at the National Memorial Arboretum. See Warfare Events for details.

Further Reading

From the Imjin to the Hook

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From the Imjin to the Hook

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by James Jacobs

The British Army's considerable contribution to The Korean War 1950 – 1953 was largely composed of 'conscripts' or national servicemen. Plucked from civilian life on a 'lottery' basis and given a short basic training, some like Jim Jacobs volunteered for overseas duty and suddenly found themselves in the thick of a war as intensive and dangerous as anything the Second World War had had to offer.

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