Search for soldiers who served in Korea

The Galloway News - - DUMFRIES INFIRMARY - Bert Hous­ton

A vet­eran mil­i­tary man has launched a project in Dum­fries and Gal­loway to record the mem­o­ries of soldiers who fought in the Korean War.

Peter Aitken, pic­tured, who served in the King’s Own Scot­tish Border­ers in the 1980s, wants to speak to old soldiers about the per­sonal haz­ards and heart­break faced by the reg­i­ment in the Korean con­flict of the 1950s for preser­va­tion in the reg­i­men­tal mu­seum and na­tional mil­i­tary ar­chives.

Ex-Borderer Peter has un­veiled a project to record their mem­o­ries of ac­tive ser­vice on film and is set to con­duct in­ter­views through­out the re­gion and the Bor­ders.

He has al­ready lo­cated sev­eral sur­vivors of the war, which lasted three years fol­low­ing a com­mu­nist in­va­sion over the 38th par­al­lel from the north in 1950, and will be in­ter­view­ing them in the near fu­ture.

He said: “These men were con­scripts, na­tional ser­vice­men – many of them teenagers – who went out and did some­thing re­mark­able which is very much for­got­ten now.

“I don’t think that many peo­ple know that much about the Korean war and what they went through.

“I thought it would be good to cap­ture the mem­o­ries and what these men did out there.”

Peter also plans to in­clude some of the vet­er­ans of the Malayan con­flict in which na­tional ser­vice­men from the area also took part be­tween 1948 and 1960.

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