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20th April, 2016
NORTH WEST KOREAN WAR VETERANS RECEIVED PEACE MEDAL FROM THE KOREAN EMBASSY AS EXHIBITION LAUNCHES AT TAMESIDE LOCAL STUDIES AND ARCHIVE CENTRE
Veterans from Warrington, Manchester and Blackpool to Receive Military Honour As The Civic Mayor of Tameside Opens an Exhibition to Commemorate the Role of North West Servicemen in the Korean War
The Air Attaché of the Embassy for the Korean Republic, Lieutenant Colonel Dongseob Lee, is to present three Korean War Veterans from the North West region with the Ambassador for Peace Medal for their services during the 1950s conflict on Wednesday April 20.
The presentation to William Fox (88) from Moston in Manchester, Clifford Herridge (85) from Warrington and John Thomson (85) from Blackpool will take place at Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre at the launch of a special exhibition to explore the significance of the war and the role played by servicemen from the North West.
The exhibition, Korea: The Forgotten War will also include artwork by children from Corrie Primary and Nursery School in Denton and Longdendale High School in Hollingworth who have put pen to paper to design a Symbol of Remembrance to commemorate the often forgotten conflict. The young designers will be presented with Arts Awards Certificates at the event by Korean War veteran Brian Hough and The Civic Mayor of Tameside.
The activity is part of a wider project which has been supported by a grant of £63,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund North West (HLF) and coordinated by national charity The Legasee Educational Trust. The project has filmed and archived the memories of 50 veterans from the North West, forming an invaluable insight into first-hand experiences of the war. These interviews will be added to Legasee Educational Trust’s growing national digital film library, which contains over 300 hours of interviews and photographs from veterans of military action. Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre will also hold copies of the films to sit alongside the exhibition, which explores the contribution of North West servicemen to the conflict.
Martin Bisiker, Trustee, The Legasee Educational Trust says: “We are very proud to launch this exhibition and archive which highlights the extraordinary personal stories and heroic sacrifices made by North West Veterans during the Korean conflict, a war which is too often forgotten. One of the ways we have tried to redress this is by asking local students to design a symbol of remembrance for the exhibition. The enthusiasm with which they have tackled this has been particularly inspiring and they have produced some wonderful designs which provide a lasting tribute to the conflict.”
With the full support of the local Korean community, the project was based in the North West because of the strong Korean War legacy in the region. Ashton-under-Lyne was one of the main recruitment barracks for the area and of the four Victoria Crosses awarded to those who served in the war, two went to North West servicemen. The region also has the largest number of surviving veterans, with over 200 members in the North West branches of the recently disbanded British Korean Veterans Association (BKVA).
If you wish to send a photographer, print or broadcast journalist to the event, please contact: Beverley Wilkins (email@example.com, 07525 042572) or Fiona Williams (Fiona@hummingbird-communications.co.uk, 07734 113624)
Legasee are always looking to journalists to help us spread the word about our projects. We have many recorded interviews with Veterans detailing incredible stories of survival, bravery and sacrifice. If you would like to know more please email us.
23 July 2015, Warrington Guardian
Call for Korean War veterans to take part in film project
14 July 2015, BBC Radio Merseyside
Interview with Tony Snell, Tony Snell in the Morning