WAR MEDAL 1939-45, unnamed; KOREA 1950-53, 1st issue (5949835 Pte, Glosters) edge additionally impressed ‘R’ for ‘replacement’; U.N. KOREA 1950-54, unnamed; together with a U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CITATION ribbon bar.
Private Hill served in ‘B’ Company of the Glosters at the battle of Imjin River 1951. ‘B’ coy was completely isolated by the early hours of 23rd April and were attacked by the Chinese from three directions. Despite considerable casualties they held out until about 0830 hours when they attempted to join the Battalion. During the attempt to withdraw from contact down the South face of pt 314, the company split into groups and only Major Harding and 20 men got through to ‘D’ company’s position West of the main line of communication. Some other groups managed to break through over the lower slopes of Kamaksan but the area was thick with Chinese and the majority were picked up within 2 or 3 miles of their original position. Pte Hill was one of those captured and interned for the next 2+ years.
Condition NEF, medals with individual pin mounts and medals have certainly been worn. With copied service papers and original damaged U.N. Command letter to returned Korean War POW’s. Priced about a third less than had the Korea not been a replacement.