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An announcement on behalf of the British Korean Society, the British Korean Veterans Association and the British Association for Korean Studies: Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea The British Association for Korean Studies administers two sets of bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for both schemes this year is 3 April 2017. […]

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Film Review: Korean Undertaker and Not One of the Forgotten

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2015
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For about four years Bona Shin of Theatre for All has been getting to know some of the British veterans from Korean War, particularly those based in the Virginia Water area; and as she got to know them she decided to collect some of their memories and preserve them in documentary form. The resulting two […]

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Press preview: Two Korean War documentaries

by Events Editor 21 June 2015
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For a while now Theatre for All have been working with British Korean War veterans, gathering their memories. Some of the fruits of their labours will be revealed this Thursday, the 65th anniversary of the start of the war, in a press preview in Kingston. You can register for the screenings at Eventbrite. Premiere screenings: […]

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The BKVA Annual Report 2013-14

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2014
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The following is the text of the annual report of the British Korean Veterans Association, as presented to the AGM of the newly-named British Korean Society. This is likely to be the last such report, for reasons which will become apparent as you read the following paragraphs. Chairman’s Report to the AGM of the Anglo-Korean […]

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The 2013 armistice commemorations in Britain

by Philip Gowman 4 August 2013
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The KCC has some photos of the parade of the British Korean War Veterans from Horseguards to Westminster Abbey on 11 July. The full set is on their Flickr page. And the Anglo Korean Society has an account plus photos of the annual Korean War Commemoration Day in the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire on […]

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The Veterans’ last parade?

by Events Editor 10 July 2013
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If you’re in the centre of town tomorrow (11 July) between 11am and 12 noon, be sure to look out for the British Korean Veterans Association in what could be their last formal parade in Central London. Around 500 veterans will be marching from Horse Guards to Westminster Abbey where there will be a service […]

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The BKVA Annual Report 2010-11

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2011
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Here is the text of the BKVA’s annual report, presented to the Anglo-Korean Society’s AGM yesterday. CHAIRMANS REPORT TO THE AGM OF THE ANGLO-KOREAN SOCIETY HELD AT THE KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE ON TUESDAY 29 MARCH 2011 INTRODUCTION 1 I am pleased that I am able to attend this AGM to present the BKVA report for […]

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Appeal from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2010
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The text of a fund-raising appeal on behalf of the Glosters. Please donate generously. The 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Imjin, Korea is in April 2011 where The Gloucestershire Regiment as part of 29 Brigade fought with great distinction. To commemorate the occasion the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester will produce a new […]

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Little Angels pay tribute to war veterans

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2010
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It’s a mammoth and very expensive exercise. The Little Angels, the cute young troupe of dancing girls sponsored by the Unification Church, are touring all 16 of the UN countries who supplied combat troops to defend the Republic of Korea against the invading DPRK forces 60 years ago, displaying once again Korea’s gratitude to the […]

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Remembering the Battle of the Imjin at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 28 July 2010
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“I’ve met Tom Cruise, and now I’ve met Sam Mercer. And when I met Sam I was truly star-struck. The man’s a legend.” So said a member of the audience at the Korean Cultural Centre after an instructive talk by Andrew Salmon on the battle of the Imjin on 15 July. Sam Mercer was sitting […]

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Republic of Korea thanks UK war veterans

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2010
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LKL reports from an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, held on HMS Belfast on 25 June 2010. The HMS Belfast was the perfect venue for one of many events taking place across the globe to mark the 60th anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s troops storming south over the 38th […]

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Present from the Past: KCC art exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War

by Events Editor 8 June 2010
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An important and significant exhibition coming up at the KCC this month, starting 16 June: A positive, dynamic and exciting exhibition of contemporary art by forty Korean Artists, reflecting on the Korean War and its legacy. And thanking the men and women of Britain who came to Korea’s defence in the name of liberty in […]

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The BKVA annual report 2009

by Philip Gowman 10 March 2010
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With the kind permission of Colonel GM Gadd OBE, National Chairman of the British Korean Veterans Association, we reproduce here the annual report of the BKVA’s activities, as presented to the annual general meeting of the Anglo-Korean Society yesterday. CHAIRMANS REPORT TO THE AGM OF THE ANGLO-KOREAN SOCIETY HELD AT THE CULTURAL CENTRE, NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE, […]

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Global Korea Lecture: When whisky could buy you a jeep

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2009
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Two days before the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1874, the second of the Global Korea lectures at the Cultural Centre looked at another time, nearly 60 years ago, when the Korean Peninsula was at the top of the UN’s agenda. It was a shame that a transport strike resulted in a reduced turnout […]

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A Veteran’s impression of the Miracle on the Han

by Events Editor 29 May 2009
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News of an interesting talk coming up at the KCC: A Veteran’s impression of the Miracle on the Han Date: Wednesday 10th June 2009, 6~7pm Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, KCC Speaker: Mike Swindells Admission Free (booking required) info@kccuk.org.uk or 020 7004 2600 A drinks reception will follow this lecture About the lecture A tank Troop Leader […]

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Warrior at the Imjin

by Jennifer Barclay 24 April 2009
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Bob Warrior describes life as a prisoner of war in North Korea, over 55 years ago. Jennifer Barclay’s compelling interview.

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The BKVA annual report 2008

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2009
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Details of the activities of the British Korean War Veterans Association during 2008

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