Veterans fall silent for Britian’s ‘forgotten war’

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Victims of Britain’s “forgotten war” were remembered this morning at a service in Northampton town centre where a newly restored stone plaque was unveiled.

The memorial service, held in Abington Square, remembered the victims of the Korean War, with veterans from across the county in attendance.

The names of eight soldier from Northamptonshire who died in the conflict, including Peter Garwood, from Northampton, Alan Mills, from Moulton, and Roy Rose, from Brixworth, were read out.

A minute’s silence was held as dignitaries, including Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, remembered the dead.

The event was organised by the council, the British Legion and the Korean Veterans’ Association.

It also marked the unveiling of a newly restored plaque, which has been moved to inside the fenced off enclosure.

It had suffered from neglect while on the street.

Speaking afterwards veterans said it was important people remembered the Korean War, in which around 100,000 British troops, many of whom were conscripts, fought.

John Cowell, aged 80, from Northampton, was a prisoner of war for two years during the war, having been sent to Korea during his national service.

He said: “It is important because in this country it is a forgotten war. It annoys me more than anything that they never mention it.

“It is terrible really.”

Another veteran, Michael White, aged 80, from Kettering, said: “There were more British servicemen killed in Korea than in Iraq and the Falklands and other wars all put together and yet no one has really heard of it.”

Councillor Mackintosh said: “It is only right we take time to remember their sacrifice and the restoration of the Korean War memorial is an important part in showing how we still appreciate, value and respect what they did so far from home.”