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Appeal for Families of Missing British Korean War Service Personnel to Step Forward

Photo: An official American photograph showing Royal Marines coming ashore during a raid near Chinnampo.


The Ministry of Defence has launched an appeal for relatives of British service personnel killed or who went missing in the Korean War to step forward and provide DNA samples.

The MOD believes that 295 British soldiers, sailors, and airmen from that conflict are still unaccounted for.

Two Centurion tanks disabled during the bloody fighting along the Imjin River. (Taken by Phillip Hobson)

The appeal comes after North Korea allowed a USAF aircraft to collect more than 55 boxes – presumed to hold the remains of US service personnel – and transport them to a base near Seoul following a recent summit between North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and the US President, Donald Trump.

Heather Nauert, of the US State Department, said: “We are working diligently to bring them home. Their sacrifices and their lives have not been forgotten and we’re pleased to be able to have representation at that.

However, approximately 100,000 British service personnel served in the Korean War, and as the account in this British Pathé footage shows, the conditions were tough, and the fighting could be sudden and heavy.

The MOD believes that British casualties may be included among the recently repatriated remains and wants to ensure that if any British personnel are found, they can be clearly identified. British service personnel will be given military funerals at the United Nations cemetery in South Korea and should immediate family members wish to attend the MOD has stated that it intends to cover the costs.

Family members of those missing personnel who have no known grave are asked to call the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre on: 01452 854622 / 855258.

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