On 22-25 April 1951, some 700 Glosters were surrounded, but held their ground until their ammunition ran out, against over 10,000 Chinese troops. The Gloucestershire Regiment, along with C Troop of 170th Independent Mortar Battery, famously fought a last stand on Hill 235 (later renamed Gloster Hill) after being ordered to “hold on where you are”. This allowed UN forces to regroup and block the Chinese 63rd Army’s Spring Offensive and advance on Seoul. This remains one of the bloodiest battles fought by British Forces since World War II, with over a third of troops killed or wounded and hundreds imprisoned for more than two years in POW camps.
Hold on where you are
For their heroic stand, the Glosters and Mortar Battery were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, America’s highest award for extraordinary heroism and collective gallantry in battle, and earned the nickname ‘The Glorious Glosters’. Later a ceasefire was agreed, although North and South Korea never signed a peace treaty, meaning they are officially still at war. Large numbers of US troops remain stationed in South Korea, some of whom now serve at the ARRC headquarters.