THE KOREAN OAK REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
On Sunday 22 April Members of the Forest of Dean Branch of The Rifles and RGBW Association gathered before the Korean Oak at Bathurst Park, Lydney, to commemorate those men of the Glosters, and other Units, who lost their lives in the Battle of the Imjin River during the Korean conflict.
A Glosters wreath was laid by Capt (Retd) Len Keeling and Mike Houghton MBE on behalf of The Royal British Legion.
Tony Linker read the Ode of Remembrance and Wayne Williams of the Forest Brass Band, (an ex Glosters Band Member), sounded the Last Post. A 2 minute silence was then observed followed by Reveille.
Standards were paraded by The Forest of Dean Branch and The Royal British Legion.
The Korean Oak tree was originally planted at a Ceremony held at Bathurst Park on 8th December 2013 by Roy Mills, a veteran of the Battle of the Imjin River and a former POW, accompanied by the Mayor of Lydney, Bob Berryman. Wreaths were laid by the Forest of Dean Branch of The Rifles and RGBW Association, The Royal British Legion and The Royal Artillery. Tony Linker, Branch President, read an Ode of Remembrance and a Bugler from 1 Rifles, Chepstow, sounded Last Post followed by a 2 Minute Silence. Reveille was then sounded and an Expression of Thanks was read by Tony. Standards were paraded by The Rifles and RGBW Association and The Royal British Legion. A Commemorative Service is held at the Korean Oak every year on the Sunday nearest to 21st of April.
Mike Houghton MBE, who served in the Glosters in the early 1950s, donated the Oak and he also cares for the tree, taking whatever pruning action is required. A bronze Commemorative Plaque was fitted by Bream Funeral Directors to a stone plinth supplied by Forest Stone. In 2015 the Lydney Park Authorities kindly placed iron framework around the Oak for protection against all the various park activities.