Korean War veteran from Maddiston receives peace honour

Korean War veteran Bill Lockhart from Maddiston with Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty and Chung Hee Nam, president of the Scottish Korean Community at a presentation in Bathgate British Legion to the Scottish Korean War Association from the South Korean government. The association was awarded an 'Ambassador of Peace' recognition for the veterans' service to South Korea during the war.

Korean War veteran Bill Lockhart from Maddiston with Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty and Chung Hee Nam, president of the Scottish Korean Community at a presentation in Bathgate British Legion to the Scottish Korean War Association from the South Korean government. The association was awarded an 'Ambassador of Peace' recognition for the veterans' service to South Korea during the war.

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A veteran of the ‘Forgotten War’ has been recognised as an Ambassador of Peace by the country he served to protect.

Bill Lockhart (81), from Maddiston, braved a gauntlet of gunfire in the Western Korean Straits while serving as a communications technician in the Royal Navy from 1952-54 during the Korean War.

He was on seven different frigates whose job was as decoys, drawing fire from North Korean 76 millimetre shells to allow vital supply ships and troops to pass through the straits.

Bill, who was in the Navy from 1949 to 1957, said: “Those are big shells. We ran down the straits between the Western Islands and the North Korean coast, particularly between Chodo Island and the coast. We did our job successfully.”

For their bravery and service, Bill and fellow veterans from the Scottish Korean Veteran Association were presented with a citation and special medals as an ‘Ambassador of Peace’ by the South Korean government at a special ceremony in Bathgate’s British Legion club.

Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty, who attended the ceremony, said: “It was clear from the speech on behalf of the Korean ambassador, and members of the Korean community, that the bravery and the sacrifice of British service personnel, which won freedom for the people of the Republic of Korea in the south, is truly valued.”