Bill HurstA charming man, Bill Hurst was Head of the Manchester branch of the Korean War Veterans Association.
Bill Hurst – Film 1In this, the first of six films, Bill Hurst, aged 18, is called up for national service. Arriving at Ladysmith Barracks, Ashton-under-Lyne, he remembers being initially impressed by army life, it was like a flaming five star hotel. Badged 1st Kings Regiment he undertakes six weeks training and is told he is going to Korea.
Bill Hurst – Film 2Bill Hurst describes his first impressions of Korea, the terrain, and his excitement being a solider. Living on the front line, Bill is regularly sent on patrol and describes the different types of patrol in detail. He remembers the enemy broadcasting anti-American propaganda through loud speakers.
Bill Hurst – Film 3Bill Hurst remembers how laying barbed wire unexpectedly resulted in engagement with the enemy, and the death of his good friend. He recalls day to day life, the extreme cold and the makeshift sanitation.
Bill Hurst – Film 4Bill Hurst describes the infamous Battle of the Hook. Hidden in hutches in craters in the ground he remembers the shelling, and watching the hand to hand combat that followed through field glasses. The story of Bills friend Jack Goulding and his wife Veronica beautifully captures the emotional impact of war.
Bill Hurst – Film 5Bill Hurst describes the different ways men reacted to war. When the Korean War ended he was on the front line and remembers they fired these red, white and blue shells in the air. He discusses the idea of the Forgotten War and how the Korean War should be remembered.
A charming man, Bill Hurst was Head of the Manchester branch of the Korean War Veterans Association.