An exceptional medal group from the family of a Glorious Gloster Imjin Prisoner of War

An exceptional medal group from the family of a Glorious Gloster Imjin Prisoner of War

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We are extremely privileged to have met and bought the medal group of one of the Glorious Glosters who was taken Prisoner of War at Hill 235 (Gloster Hill) during The Battle of Imjin River 1951

The strength of this medal group and what sets it far apart from the others on the market are the personal papers and effects of this soldier who took part in the Epic British Stand at Imjin.

A Glorious Glosters Battle of Imjin River Prisoner War Medal Group and personal effects.

Glorious Glosters Imjin River POW Medal Group

This 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment, Korea Medal, UN Korea Medal, US Presidential Citation  group with original photographs and papers are brought, fresh to the market from the family of the recipient. This wonderful lot has been with the last member of the family in excess of 40 years. Private H. C. Bramley is a confirmed Prisoner of War as listed in book The Imjin Roll by Colonel E D Harding DSO.

Private Charles (Henry Charles) Bramley served from November 1944 with various units (Hampshires, Dorsets, Devon) before joining the Glosters 5th September 1950. The details of which can be seen in his Certificate of Service book. Whilst with the Devons he served with FARELF (Far Eastern Land Forces) in Malaya for which he is entitled to the General Service Medal, Malaya clasp. Having transferred to the Glosters, his period in Korea is recorded from 1st October 1950 to 16th August 1953 with a brief period (1 month) in Japan prior to relocation to the UK.

Units and Locations
Certificate of Service

A list of the items in this lot is as follows:

Korea Medal named to 14455371 PTE. H. C. BRAMLEY.  GLOSTERS. , UN Korea Medal, unnamed as issued, 2 x cloth and bullion Presidential Citations with tricolour ribbon streamer knot.

Glorious Glosters
Glorious Glosters
Unit US Presidential Citations
Unit US Presidential Citations

Along with – Regular Army Certificate of Service booklet, Soldier’s Paybook, photograph (Bramley identified) with MALAYA 1950 written on the reverse, photograph (Bramley identified with biro mark on his arm – seated second from left) with the note written on the reverse All my love Charlie. H.M.T. WINDRUSH.  19-10-50  1st GLOSTER REGT. 9 Pln C Coy Going out to Korea TROOP SHIP”, 

HMT Windrush 19 10 1950 1st glos 9 Pln C Coy
HMT Windrush 19th October 1950 1st Glos 9 Pln C Coy

2 press photographs (Bramley identified in Prisoner of War group). His Baptism Certificate, Shoulder Title, his ribbon bar (Korea Medal ribbon, UN Korea Medal ribbon, G.S.M. Malaya ribbon and WW2 War Medal ribbon.

C Company Glorious Glosters
C Company Glorious Glosters, rear of above group photograph.

And a typed record of The Battle of The Imjin River – The Story of The 1st Battalion, 22nd to 25th April 1951 (the account of the gallant action at Choksong and Hill 235 from a letter from Lt Col Digby Grist, a fuller account by Major N S Watkin-Williams both dated 29th April and various newspaper reports.). The final page is titled HIGHEST U.S. MILITARY HONOUR FOR 1ST BATTALION. It is a description of the United States President’s Distinguished Unit Citation and the ceremonial parade.

He served throughout the Gloster’s Korean War in C Company, as per the annotated photograph, with whom he sailed to Korea. The campaign and the incarceration of the Prisoners of War are thoroughly well documented.

He  is confirmed as having been taken prisoner of war during the Glosters epic stand at the Battle of Imjin River between 22nd to 25th April 1951.

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