Mansfield veteran calls for recognition for those who died in Korea

Lewis Cousins wants more recognition for British soldiers who died in Korea, pictured with a letter of thanks from the Korean President and a photograph of fellow veterans at a memorial service in 2010.
Lewis Cousins wants more recognition for British soldiers who died in Korea, pictured with a letter of thanks from the Korean President and a photograph of fellow veterans at a memorial service in 2010.

A Korean War veteran is calling for more recognition for those who died during the conflict more than 60 years ago.

This summer marked the 60th anniversary since the conflict ended, and with Remembrance Sunday approaching, Mansfield pensioner Lewis Cousins says more still needs to be done to remember those who never came home.

What began as a conflict between North and South Korea created global tension as the USA - backed by Britain- aided the South Koreans with USSR-backed China supporting the Communist North.

The death toll ran to millions, which included more than 1,100 British servicemen, yet it is often referred to as ‘The Forgotten War’ due to the lack of public attention it attracted.

This was blamed on the conflict breaking out so soon after World War II.

But 80,000 British troops served, and a small number from our region died in the fighting, including friends of 83-year-old Lewis, who lives on Burlington 
Drive.

“It was called The Forgotten War but no war should ever be forgotten, and I want more recognition for those who did not come back,” he said.

“Some of them were only 18 and I don’t think they’d fired a rifle before.

“People need educating, probably 90 per cent of them do not know anything about that war and it’s 
wrong.”

Lewis served between February 1952 and January 1953, six months before an armistice was finally signed. He says he saw a ‘fair share’ of action’.

“My life was never the same again after coming back.

“I still think about it every day.

“It was terrible over there, war changes everything, but I was one of the lucky ones. I’ll never forget it, and others shouldn’t either.”