VIDEO: South Yorkshire Korean war veterans honoured for bravery

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Heroes of the ‘forgotten war’ were remembered as Korean war veterans from South Yorkshire were awarded medals for bravery.

Five veterans who served during the 1950-1953 conflict were given Ambassador of Peace Medals by Sheffield Lord Mayor Talib Hussain at a special ceremony at the Town Hall.

Five Korean war veterans have been presented with a medal for their part in the Korean War. Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain presented the medals to the veterans on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador at Sheffield Town Hall. Pictured with the Lord Mayor are Doug Woodward, Ken Clarkson, Peter Ellis, Gerlad Roe, Dorothy Bale, on behalf of her late husband Tony Bale, Colonel Toby Seymour.

Five Korean war veterans have been presented with a medal for their part in the Korean War. Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain presented the medals to the veterans on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador at Sheffield Town Hall. Pictured with the Lord Mayor are Doug Woodward, Ken Clarkson, Peter Ellis, Gerlad Roe, Dorothy Bale, on behalf of her late husband Tony Bale, Colonel Toby Seymour.

The medals were presented on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador to the UK in appreciation of the valiant and brave service of the men during the conflict.

Douglas Woodward, aged 83, of Blackstock Road, Gleadless Valley, Sheffield, was delighted to receive one.

He said: “I’m really proud to receive this – I thought I wouldn’t get one.

“Korea is a marvellous country, I’m glad I went.”

Five Korean war veterans have been presented with a medal for their part in the Korean War. Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain presented the medals to the veterans on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador at Sheffield Town Hall. Pictured with his medal is veteran Doug Woodward.

Five Korean war veterans have been presented with a medal for their part in the Korean War. Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain presented the medals to the veterans on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador at Sheffield Town Hall. Pictured with his medal is veteran Doug Woodward.

Douglas, who served in a light infantry unit described the Korean winters as ‘evil’ and joked about what he wore when he went out to fight.

“I wore three pairs of trousers, two pullover jumpers, three pairs of gloves and a blooming big parka coat,” he said.

“They had evil winters. Minus 25 was regular when we were fighting.”

Colonel Tony Seymour, of Dronfield, read a statement from South Korean Ambassador Sungnam Lim, which said: “It was a great honour to give out these medals and on behalf of the people of South Korea, we are eternally grateful for what you have done for our country.”

Five Korean war veterans have been presented with a medal for their part in the Korean War. Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain presented the medals to the veterans on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador at Sheffield Town Hall. Pictured with his medal is veteran Gerald Roe.

Five Korean war veterans have been presented with a medal for their part in the Korean War. Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain presented the medals to the veterans on behalf of the South Korean Ambassador at Sheffield Town Hall. Pictured with his medal is veteran Gerald Roe.

Ken Clarkson, 81, of Park View Road, Kimberworth, Rotherham, who was a wireless operator relaying information to the front line.

He said: “It came as a complete surprise when I got the letter, I thought it was a joke!”

“I passed it to the wife who read it then I read it again about four times – I’m honoured to be here to accept this.”

Others who were there to accept awards were Dorothy Bale, who received the medal on behalf of her late husband Tony, Peter Ellis and Gerald Roe.

Four South Koreans women who teach native children living in Sheffield about their culture and language also joined the ceremony.

Milyung Son, 29, a Phd student at the University of Sheffield, said: “I am truly honoured to be here.

“The whole country of South Korea is ever thankful to these men who came to help us when we needed it.”

The Korean War was between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States of America fought for the South, and China fought for the North, assisted by the Soviet Union.

British casualties topped 1,100 during the three year war.