By Ian Dipple Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 25/10 07:54
A WAR veteran has been honoured by the South Korean government 60 years on for his service during the nation’s battle with the north.
David Parish was presented with the Korean War Commemorative Medal by a citizen of the country.
The Greenlands resident was a member of The Royal Engineers and served at various locations throughout the conflict which mainly resulted from the political division of Korea by the allies at the end of the Second World War.
Mr Parish began communicating with Mrs Hann by email after being presented with a scarf made by local people and given to his son Keith, who had travelled to South Korea for last year’s winter games as a coach with the Great Britain Special Olympics ski squad.
As a result Mrs Hann decided to apply to the Korean government for the honour and travelled to the UK to present it in person to the 82-year-old as well as a certificate and letter of gratitude.
Although his service has been officially recognised by the British government and United Nations it is the first time he has been honoured by the South Korean people.
Son Keith said: “Dad was overwhelmed to receive the medal and very emotional on the day.”
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