British private served with 1st Bn King's Regt, 29th British Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1953
REEL 1 Background in Bootle and Netherton, GB, 1934-1952: family; education; lack of impact on Netherton of Second World War; reaction to call-up for National Service, 1952. Recollections of operations with 1st Bn King's Regt, 29th British Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1953: background to posting to Korea; voyage from GB to Korea via Hong Kong and Japan aboard HMT Empire Trooper; initial impressions of Korea; role with regimental corps of drums to do stretcher bearer duties, 5/1953; carrying supplies to front-line; use of self heating soup; contact with Koreans with unit; weather conditions; musical duties; lack of knowledge about reasons for war; leaving Korea after visit to United Nations' cemetery at Pusan, 10/1953; voyage from Korea to GB aboard Empire Fowey. Attitude to having done National Service.
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