Remembering John

3011049 SSFF bunty mitchelson 'Bunty Mitchelson with a phtograph of her brother John Braid who died in the Korean War - at home in Coaltown of Balgonie

3011049 SSFF bunty mitchelson 'Bunty Mitchelson with a phtograph of her brother John Braid who died in the Korean War - at home in Coaltown of Balgonie

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A FORMER Kinghorn soldier who lost his life in the Korean War is to have his photograph included in the Memorial Hall at the UN Cemetery in Busan, South Korea.

Private John Braid died during the conflict in 1952 and following a recent appeal for photographs of those Fifers who died in that war, his face will appear alongside those of his comrades in the memorial hall.

His elder sister Bunty Mitchelson found out about the appeal when it appeared in the Press last month, and she sent copies of photographs of her brother away.

She said: “It was a friend of mine who had seen it in the paper. She saw my brother’s name and cut it out to show me.

Photographs

“I got in touch with the gentleman who had written the letter and I sent him copies of a couple of photographs.

“I received word back on Monday that they have now sent his photograph on to South Korea.

“They also said that now, after 60 years, they have a British memorial at the cemetery for all the British soldiers.”

Bunty was the eldest of three children, growing up at Grange Hill in Kinghorn.

Her brother was only 19 when he went to war.

Farm

“He didn’t need to go for his national service because he worked on the farm,” she said.

“All the boys were saying ‘ah you’re not doing your service’ and that, and he decided that he was going to go and do it.

“He told my mother that he was going to go and that would be his service done.

“So he went and he never came back. It’s just one of those things that happened. He was only in for two or three months.”

Now following her correspondence and after learning there will be a British memorial after all these years, Bunty is pleased something is being done to remember them.

She said: “I’m quite happy they are doing something for them.

“You hear everything about them bringing them back from the war and my brother never got back.

“Of course it’s not just him. The Korean War is one you never hear anything about.

John Braid was just one of several Fifers killed during the Korean War.