Memorial to county soldiers killed in Korean War restored

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A newly restored stone plaque listing the names of those from Northamptonshire who were killed in the Korean War will be unveiled this week.

Representatives from Northampton Borough Council, the Royal British Legion and Korean Veterans Association will be holding a memorial ceremony at Northampton’s Abington Square war memorial on Thursday, November 8.

Almost 100,000 British soldiers were involved in the Korean War, with many coming from the county.

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice of the war, and in readiness the borough council has completed restoration of the plaque of names listing the men of Northamptonshire who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.

Cllr David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Sixty years ago many brave soldiers for our town and county were deployed to the other side of the world to fight in the Korean War.

“Wherever British and Commonwealth troops were sent they did their duty: displaying courage and honour.

“Sadly 1,078 never returned, including eight from our county.

“It is only right we take time to remember their sacrifice, and the restoration of the Korean War memorial is an important part in showing how we still appreciate, value and respect what they did so far from home.

“I would like to ask everyone to show their respects on Thursday morning and take a couple of moments to think on the sacrifice so many young lives made only a few decades ago.”

Names on the plaque include Cyril Adams and John Sharp, Second World War veterans from Wellingborough, and Sydney Streather, another Second World War veteran but from Kettering.

Royal British Legion Northampton branch memorials officer Guy Voice said: “We are delighted the memorial has been restored and thank the borough council for its support throughout the project, including the accommodation of one further name highlighted by our research.

“Although some sixty years ago now the Korean War continues to touch the families of these men and it is right we come together to remember the fallen who were brothers, fathers and uncles to people in our county.”

The ceremony will be held at 11am on Thursday at the Abington Square war memorial.

Everyone is welcome to attend and pay their respects.