Search for soldiers who served in Korea
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.