WW2 Dunkirk veteran and Korean War Prisoner of War group – Royal Ulster Rifles
1939-45 Star; Italy Star; Defence medal; 1939-45 War medal; Korea, 780018 Rfn E. Akid. R.U.R.; United Nations Korea. (all mounted on a board for display, with his Regimental cap badge.
Condition – VF
Ernest Akids served in the Manchester Regiment during WW2, with the B.E.F. until the 31st May 1940 (Dunkirk), later serving at Home, then onto North Africa, and then Sicily and Italy.
During the Korean war he was taken Prisoner during the Battle of Chaegungyon, fought between the 2nd and 4th January 1951. After a period of attempted indoctrination, he was one of five soldiers who were returned to U.N. Lines on the 9th February, loaded down with Propaganda, papers and booklets, under the Chinese Peoples volunteers policy.
His papers show he was soon posted home to Netley Hospital, then back to Regimental headquarters, when he was photographed showing recruits a North Korean flag brought home for the regiments museum.
A Scarce group, with copies of all attestation documents, war diary entries and the photograph with the North Korean flag etc
Served in the Manchester Regt from the 20th April 1939 serving in France from 18.09.39 to 4.06.40, then in UK, then on to Africa, Sicily and Italy during this time he was in the 2nd battalion from 22.04.39, 9th Battalion from 14.10.43 to 21.06.44