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AN EXTREMELY FINE GLOSTERS GROUP TO AN NCO WHO WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE AWARD OF A VICTORIA CROSS DURING THE BATTLE OF IMJIN RIVER AND WHO AFTER MUCH HARD FIGHTING WAS CAPTURED BY THE CHINESE

KOREA 1950-53, 1ST ISSUE ‘22210064 PTE R. HALPIN. GLOSTERS.’; U.N. KOREA 1950-54, UNNAMED AS ISSUED; TOGETHER WITH A UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION RIBAND BAR, AND THE RECIPIENT’S RELATED MINIATURE AWARDS.

Corporal Robert Halpin, section commander of 1 Section in 1 Platoon, A Company, Gloucestershire Regiment was one of a small section of 3 or 4 men (often called the 'winkle group' ) of his section under Lieutenant Philip Curtis, ordered to attack an enemy machine-gun post on ‘Castle Hill’, 23 April 1951 during the Battle of Imjin River. Lieutenant Curtis would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions during this attack. Halpin was one of three men who helped carry Curtis to cover after he was wounded and attempted to restrain him, before Curtis pulled free and again attacked, and with his final act silenced the enemy machine-gun post. After much hard fighting, Corporal Halpin was captured, remaining a Prisoner of War for 2 years.

Robert Halpin was born in his family home at 176 Chorley Road, Westhoughton near Horwich, Lancashire on 12 September 1927, moved with his family to Kent shortly after his birth. A miner by trade, he enlisted in the East Kent Regiment in March 1948, and had served a full period of National Service before his re-enlistment on the outbreak of the Korean War. Promoted fairly quickly, on the eve of the Battle of Imjin.

Sold together with a hand-written letter from Private Sam Mercer, which makes mention of Halpin’s role; various copied newspaper articles relating to Halpin as POW/release; and large amount other detailed research.

Condition NEF, Ex DNW 2006, an extremely fine Glosters group for Imjin to a soldier directly involved in the Award of a Victoria Cross.

Code J2002        Price £3385