Let’s honour our Korean War veterans

Dennis Cragg
Dennis Cragg

Campaigners have led a fight to recognise the dedicated service of Korean War veterans.

Dennis Cragg and John Parker, of the West Yorkhire Korean Veterans Association have worked tirelessly to ensure their service is not forgotten.

And in a special ceremony at North Bridge Leisure Centre on Tuesday, a group of veterans, many from the Duke of Wellington Regiment, will receive the ‘Ambassador for Peace’ medal.

The medal was originally presented to veterans who returned to South Korea through the ‘Revisit Korea’ programme established by the Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

The programme has now been extended to veterans who are unable to travel to Korea . Dennis and John were presented with their medals last year by Captain Juhyeon Park, Republic of Korea Defence Attache to the UK.

Dennis, 84, of Woodside Crescent, Boothtown, said: “You can’t express their gratitude.

“The people appreciate what we’ve done, they are really grateful to us even though many don’t know what we did as they weren’t born.

“Receiving my medal was quite an emotional experience.

Dennis was posted to Kasong, Korea, in October 1950, where he worked as a driver taking ammunition and petrol to the front.

John, 81, who lives in Bradford was posted to Korea in December 1952.

He added: “It’s nice for a country to show their appreciation of what we did.

“I was grateful that they appreciated us.”

The West Yorkshire branch currently has 32 members and holds monthly meetings in Halifax.