West Norfolk veterans honoured at last for Korean War service

Korean War Medals presented at the RBL Club in King's Lynn,  (WNBKVA Group)'LtoR, John Thompson, John Lincoln, Brian Rudland, Eric Clare, Ronald Dodman, Kenneth Jones (Sec), Brigadier Tony Kendall (President), Derek Dane (Chairman), Victoria Bush (who collected her grandad's medal Derek Shears) ANL-150104-163024009

Korean War Medals presented at the RBL Club in King's Lynn, (WNBKVA Group)'LtoR, John Thompson, John Lincoln, Brian Rudland, Eric Clare, Ronald Dodman, Kenneth Jones (Sec), Brigadier Tony Kendall (President), Derek Dane (Chairman), Victoria Bush (who collected her grandad's medal Derek Shears) ANL-150104-163024009

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Veterans from West Norfolk have this week been honoured for their service in the Korean War more than six decades ago.

Six Ambassador for Peace medals, which are awarded by the South Korean government, were presented in a ceremony held at the Royal British Legion club in Tower Street, Lynn, on Wednesday.

Among the recipients was Victoria Bush, who collected the medal on behalf of her late grandfather Derek Shears. He died in December, aged 83, before news of the award presentations was announced.

She said her grandfather, who served in the Royal Norfolk regiment during the conflict, had looked back fondly on his experiences.

She said: “He was always proud of what the men achieved. He would have been really proud to be here today and proud of all his friends.”

Previously, the medal had only been presented to servicemen who returned to Korea under a programme organised by the South Korean government.

However, it has now been extended to ensure that all those who fought under the banner of the United Nations in the conflict from 1950 to 1953 are recognised for their service.

Four other medals will be given to branch members and their families who were not able to attend the ceremony.

Brigadier Tony Kendall, president of the West Norfolk branch of the British Korean Veterans Association, was among those to receive the medal and presented the other recipients with theirs.

He said: “It’s the first and only major campaign fought under the banner of the UN.

“It brings back many, many memories of that and the comradeship we experienced at the time.”

Fellow medal recipient Eric Clare described the presentation as “brilliant.”

He added: “It was slightly unexpected, but all who received medals today thoroughly deserved them.”