Kettering Korean War veteran gets Peace Medal

Frank Bewley with members of Wellingborough & District BKVA and South Korean nationals

Frank Bewley with members of Wellingborough & District BKVA and South Korean nationals

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A Kettering veteran who fought in ‘The Forgotten War’ more than 50 years ago has been awarded a Peace Medal by the Korean Government.

Frank Bewley, of Washington Square, served in the Royal Navy between 1950 and 1953.

Now more than 80, he was presented with the medal at the Wellingborough & District branch of the British Korean Veterans Association (BKVA).

Group secretary Mary Morby said: “At least 1,078 British servicemen died during the Korean War, which is still called The Forgotten War because it isn’t recognised by the British Government.

“But it was a horrible war and the atrocious acts still mean an awful lot to us.”

The Korean Government has been offering Peace Medals to veterans from all of the 23 nations which took part in the conflict, inviting them to special ceremonies.

Mrs Morby accompanied her husband to South Korea last year to receive his medal after his contributions with the Royal Engineers.

She said: “We have six or seven veterans in our branch, but they are now in their 80s and find it difficult to travel so far, so the BKVA organised for many of the medals to be distributed in the UK.

“But we still all go to special reunion events around the country.

“The widows of some of our former members still come along as well.”

Mr Bewley was presented with the award by South Korean charity worker Jung-hoon Lee, who volunteered for the event to say thank you to the veteran on behalf of his country.