The Fight for Gloster Hill
Roll of Honour
Knocked out tankOn the morning of the 24th April, the Glosters and their attached personnel were concentrated on Gloster Hill and numbered less than 40 effective fighting men. The relief troops were halted 6km south at the old F Echelon area When the Chinese blew up one of their light tanks and blocked the road. The Glosters had only short supply of water, most of which was reserved for the wounded, but worse was the fact that only 10-15 hours of battery life remained for the battalions radios. Without these the Artillery would not be able to accurately place defences fire for the Glosters.
 
A supply drop from Sentinel light aircraft occurred at dusk and Lieutenant Colonel James Carne was also informed that ground-attack aircraft, hitherto engaged elsewhere, would be available to support the Glosters the following day. The Chinese attacks began at 2200 hours and continued throughout the night and the Chinese demonstrated that they had learned nothing from the massacre of the previous night. Carne personally routed several enemy parties which made it through the defences earning himself the Victoria Cross and the American Distinguished Service Cross. Col. Crane

At first light, the Chinese were seen to mass for their final attack in their hundreds. Bugles braying, the Glosters one remaining bugle answered with every tune except Retreat. Seven times during the nest hour the enemy closed in to finish off the Glosters, and each time they were thrown back down the hill. At 0830 hours in 25th April the last radio battery died ad the artillery link was severed, although the guns at that time were also under fire and having to move position. Fortune smiled. At this precise moment a flight of Lockheed F-80 Shooting stars arrived and proceeded to burn the Chinese off the hill with napalm before raking the survivors with cannon-fire. A dozen more Shooting Stars followed shortly afterwards to strafe between the hill and river. Leaving their wounded behind in the care of Captain R.P. Hickey, the medical officer and the Chaplin, Captain The Rev. S.J. Davies and their helpers, the survivors made a breakout for the UN lines. Only a handful escaped capture, 58 Glosters had been killed in the three-day battle, 30 more died in captivity and only 63 men reached safety.

2nd Platoon A Company 1st GlostersThe survivors formed the core of the rebuilt 1st battalion as Glosters returned from medical leave, instructional courses and local leave in Japan and on 8th May the 1st Battlion, the Gloucestershire Regiment, and C troop, 170 Independent Mortar Battery were honoured with a US Presidential Citation. The remainder of the 29th had fought an equally epic battle. At 1030 Hours, Brodie was ordered to withdraw in line with the general withdrawal being executed by I Corps. The C Squadron of the King's Royal Irish Hussars tanks provided the Fusiliers with vital armoured support in poor visibility and provided a rearguard for the retreating Fusiliers and Ulsters. The Chinese repeatedly tried to smother the Centurions with their human-wave tactics, vast swarths were cut down by the co-axial machine guns and 2-pounder cannons. Several Centurions which reached safety were covered in blood from both enemy dead and UN troops who had been killed in the hail of Chinese fire, Five tanks were lost. Three to enemy fire and

POWS29th Brigade had lost a quarter of its men, but remained capable of battle. The Chinese 63rd Army had lost 40% of its men, 11,000 casualties and it was pulled out of the line at the end of the day. The Chinese plan was in ruins. By the end of April, the Communists had suffered 70,0000 casualties, the UN only a tenth of that figure. Members of the Glosters who were captured after the battle remained prisoners of the Communists until the end of the war. Many did not return


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Roll of Honour: The Gloucestershire Regiment
The Korean War: Korea 1950-51
Rank Name Attached? Date of Death
Major P.A. Angier   23/4/1951
Private A.L. Bailey   25/4/51
Private C.E. Bailey   16/2/1951
Lance Corporal K.W. Baldwin   26/4/1951
Corporal L.J. Bishop   23/4/1951
Corporal G.B Burchill   25/4/1951
Private M.R.E. Burton   16/2/1951
Private R.J. Burton   23/4/1951
CQMS H.E. Buxcey   26/4/1951
Lieutenant H.C. Cabral   27/11/1951
Private A. Campbell Attached to Norfolks 26/12/1951
Private D. Cason   15/2/1951
Private G. Chapman   26/4/1951
Private G. Clarke   18/11/1951
Private G. Davies   16/2/1951
Private R. Dwyer   25/11/1950
Sergeant K. Eames   26/4/1951
Private G. Ellson Middlesex, attached to Gloucestershire 15/2/1951
Private P.J. Etherington   25/4/1951
Private R.A. Gilding   25/4/1951
Private H. Green   26/4/1951
Private D.R. Hamson   25/4/1951
Private W. Hawkes   26/4/1951
Corporal A. Herrall   16/2/1951
Private R.W. Hughes   25/4/1951
Lance Corporal G. Inns Middlesex Regiment, Attached to Gloucesters 24/4/1951
Private D.G.E. Jones   25/4/1951
Private H. Jones   23/4/1951
Private R.E. Jones   16/2/1951
Private A.G. Judge Middlesex Regiment, Attached the Gloucestershire Regiment 23/4/1951
Private T.J. Kelly   13/2/1951
Private S.H. Law   11/12/1950
Lance Corporal G.H. Lawrence   25/11/1950
2nd Lieutenant J.M. Maycock   23/4/1951
Corporal P.J. Maycock   25/4/1951
Private T. Meads   26/4/1953
Private J. Morley   24/4/1951
Private D. Morris Attached to Royal Ulster Rifles 25/4/1951
Private E.C. Morriss   25/4/1951
Private L.C. Payne   5/9/1951
Corporal W.D. Possee   26/4/1951
Captain St M. Reeve-Tucker   25/4/1951
Private J.P. Richards Welch Regiment, Attached to Gloucestershire 25/12/1951
Private B.N. Robins   24/4/1951
Private A.J. Sheppard   26/4/1951
Lieutenant D.A. Simcox Beds & Herts attached to Gloucestershire Regiment 16/2/1951
Lance Corporal G. Spuffard   16/2/1951
Private W. Synnott   24/4/1951
Lance Corporal D.M. Taylor   25/4/1951
Private W.G. Tyler   16/2/1951
Private H. Utterley   23/4/1951
Private R. Vosper   25/4/1951
Private K.J. Williams   16/2/1951
Private J.R. Wylie   12/12/1950

 

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