United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

IMJIN RIVER MEMORIAL

Our Ref: 6601

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Address

City Hall
Donegal Square
Belfast
ANTRIM
Northern Ireland
BT1 5GS
 
Type:Obelisk
Other Location Details:

On lawn.

OS Map Ref:NW 461 295

Previous Locations

AddressDate MovedReason for Move
ST PATRICKS BARRACKS
BALLYMENA
ANTRIM
Northern Ireland
2008Closure of St Patricks Barracks

Inscription

6 O'Clock Face:
IN MEMORY OF/ THE OFFICERS AND MEN/ OF/ THE 1ST BATTALION/ THE ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES/WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/IN/ KOREA/ AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WERE KILLED/ NEAR THIS PLACE/ ON/ 3RD - 4TH JANUARY 1951

9 O'Clock Face:
THE PEOPLE/ THAT WALKED/ IN DARKNESS/ HAVE SEEN/ A GREAT LIGHT/ (...)

12 O'Clock Face:
IN MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF/ THE 45TH FIELD REGIMENT AND THE/ 170TH MORTAR BATTERY/ THE ROYAL ARTILLERY/ who lost their lives/ in/ KOREA/ and especially those who died/ near this place/ on/ 3rd - 4th JANUARY 1951

3 O'Clock Face:
(exact wording unknown)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
OBELISKMARBLE - WHITE   Good

Physical Description

OBELISK ON TWO-STEPPED PLINTH. CROSS INSCRIBED ABOVE WORDING ON TWO FACES.

Royal Ulster Rifles BADGE AT BOTTOM OF OBELISK.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarKorean War (1950-1953)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

2008:
The lettering and badges have been re-blackened and the gold crosses regilded. A new plinth has been added to match the other statues and memorials in the precincts of City Hall. A bronze plaque has been added to the upper plinth with the history of the memorial.

Ceremonies

Not known

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

Not known

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Following the Battle of Chaegunghyon (also known as the Battle of Happy Valley) in Korea on 3rd and 4th January 1951, 208 officers and men of the Royal Ulster Rifles (RUR) were reported killed wounded or missing. When the RUR were able to return to the valley they buried the dead and erected the memorial near the village of Pulmiji-Ri overlooking the battlefield. The memorial was of local stone, carved by a Korean mason who travelled with the Padre of the battalion. One face of the Memorial is dedicated to the Rifles, one to the gunners of 45 Field Regiment RA and 170 Mortar Battery RA and one to the 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars. In 1960 it was recommended that the memorial be repatriated to the UK. It was re-erected at St Patrick's barracks and remained there until the closure of the barracks. It was relocated to the grounds of Belfast City Hall in 2008.

PHOTOCOPIES OF TWO OTHER POSSIBLE MEMORIALS ARE ENCLOSED IN THIS FILE; A CLOCK AND A WALL WITH THE CREST OF THE ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSIERS, ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES AND ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS. HOWEVER, NO DETAILS ENCLOSED. ALSO, A GUN BARREL WITH PLAQUE.

Comments: 
Photographs:8
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
OrganisationIdWebsite
War Memorials TrustWM2327http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=440