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Korean War veterans lead museum service

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Members of the British Korean Veterans Association (BKVA) paid a visit to Eden Camp for a service to remember their fallen comrades and donate their standards to the modern history museum in Old Malton.

More than 100 British military veterans who served in Korea between 1950 and 1953 and their family and friends took part in the service for the Laying up of the Standards of the North East Area and Scarborough and Ryedale branches of the BKVA.

The Standards were paraded for the last time by Standard Bearers George Shannon and David Balmford, before being handed over to Nick Hill, Museum Director, by the Senior Officer on the day, General Sir Charles Huxtable KCB, CBE and Lt. Col Hugh Le Messurier, President of the North East Area.

Also in attendance were the National Chairman of the BKVA, Col. George Gadd, founder members Ken Keld and Hedley Rutherford and the service was presided over by Father Allan Campbell Wilson.

The Association decided to lay their Standards at Eden Camp because they had worked closely with the museum in the late 1990s to create a permanent exhibition dedicated to telling the story of the Korean War 1950-53.

Around 84,000 British and Commonwealth troops were involved in the conflict, which resulted in the loss of 1,078 men, with 2,674 wounded and 1,060 taken prisoner.

The Standards will go on permanent display within the existing exhibition, accompanied by plaques explaining the significance 
of the Standards and the history of the British Korean Veterans Association.

After the formalities of the service, many of the veterans retired to the Officers Mess and Garrison Cinema Bar for lunch and to toast and remember absent comrades and friends with a special commemorative beer christened BKVA Best Bitter, which was brewed and kindly supplied by the North Riding Brew Pub, Scarborough.

 

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