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Korea - notes

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 16th November, 1951, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden man on leave from Korea
Nineteen-year-old Trooper Ronald Nurrish, Royal Tank Regiment, is home on a month’s leave from Korea at 22, Denton’s Close, Rushden. He sailed for Japan nine months ago and seven months have been spent in anti-guerilla warfare from the Korean bases of Pusan, Seoul and Inchon.

His contrasting memories of those last few months vary from such engagements as the time when he was called out at 2 a.m. to watch for North Koreans, disguised as refugees, crossing a nearby ford, and another very different task on August Bank Holiday Monday this year.

The C.O. declared it a holiday and each troop was responsible for organising a stall of darts, hoop-la, etc., with tug-of-war, baseball and greasy pole competitions. There was a five-day leave in Japan, too, where Tpr. Nurrish made a round-up of gay silk ties and headscarves, blouses and table squares, which are now at his parents’ new council flat.

When he is released from his two-year period of national service next March, Tpr. Nurrish says he will be only too pleased to drop his present career as a gunner-signaller for that of a clerk at Rushden Railway Station.

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