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Gloucester City Council will be erecting a plaque at Gloucester Docks to commemorate the city’s links with the City of Paju in the Republic of South Korea.

The Gloucestershire Regiment played a heroic role in the defence of South Korea during the Korean War, holding out against the Chinese army at the Battle of Imjin River (1951), despite being heavily outnumbered.  The people of South Korea recognised the Glosters for protecting Hill 235, where the 1st Battalion the Gloucestershire Regiment were famously ordered to ‘hold on where you are’, by naming it ‘Gloster Hill’.

A memorial to all the Glosters who fought in the conflict was unveiled in 2014, at the same time that Gloucester City Council and the City of Paju signed an agreement to co-operate on economic and cultural issues.

Paju Walk, which is the walkway in the Docks running parallel with Southgate Street, was named in recognition of the ongoing links and to recognise the relationship between the two cities. It links Back Badge Square, by the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, with Mariners Square by the Mariners Church.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “We are delighted to add this plaque to the Docks as a very public statement of our friendship with Paju.

“The Gloucestershire Regiment’s action at the Battle of Imjin River is a part of our military history of which we are very proud.

“This plaque will help to remind existing and future generations of the role the regiment played in securing freedom for the people of South Korea.”

Work on installing the plaque will begin on the 31st March.

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