Lot 784: Korea. A group of four to Private W.H. Parker, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, captured during WWII, later serving with the regiment in Korea and saw action at the Battle of Imjin River 1939-1945 Star, War Medal, Korea 1950-53, 1st Britt.Omn type (5184771 Pte W H Parker Glosters), the latter a later issue in named card box of issue, United Nations for Korea, extremely fine, with a collection of original paperwork including a black and white photograph of the recipient in Stalag VIIIB prisoner of war camp with Prisoner of War Post envelope addressed to the recipient, a reunion photograph of the recipient with service friends, a newspaper dated 24.7.1991 headlined 'Glorious Glosters' printed with a group photograph which includes the recipient in uniform annotated 'Grandad P' with an arrow, plus various copied research including service papers and debriefing report. 5184771 Private William Henry Parker served with the Gloucestershire Regiment from 19.1.1939, served with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) with the 2nd Battalion, 48th (South Midland) Infantry Division from 1.10.1939, reported Prisoner of War after being captured at Cassel, Northern France 29.5.1940, posted as missing and sent to Stalag VIIIB, Trier (POW No.10776), released 10.5.1945 and admitted to Corse Hill Isolation Hospital, Swindon, re-joined 9.8.1950 and posted to the Wessex Brigade, served in Korea with the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment from 1.10.1950, served with the regiment during the Battle of Imjin River, the Gloucestershire Echo report dated 29.10.1951 reports 'Pte. Parker was in the Imjin area, taking supplies to forward positions, but when the bitter three days' and nights' battle started, he, and others, were about four miles away. When the Chinese-Communists made a wider, enveloping circle, he and his fellow drivers made a dash with their laden trucks through enemy-held territory'. (4)
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