Soldier killed in Korea honoured with Elizabeth Cross

Sixty five years after Private Archibald Buchanan Clark was killed in the Korean War, his brother Roy Clark has been presented with the Elizabeth Cross during a ceremony at the City Chambers.

Lord Provost presents Elizabeth Cross to Pve Clark's brother Roy

Archibald ‘Archie’ Buchanan Clark, a Rifleman in the 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers, was 20 years old when he lost his life to enemy gunfire at Kumgong in 1951.

His relatives were presented with the Queen’s honour by Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant Donald Wilson.

He said: “It is an honour to bestow Archie’s brother and extended family with a tangible recognition of his bravery. The Elizabeth Cross provides a lasting recognition of his National Service and the loss felt by those he left behind.

"The contribution of Scottish troops during the Korean War is all too often overlooked, which makes honouring soldiers like Archie and remembering their sacrifice even more important.”

Major Lee Shearer, speaking on behalf of the British Army, said: “Today is a very poignant moment for Pte Archibald Clark’s family. This young man served his nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

"Our Country owes Pte Clark and his family a debt of gratitude, this presentation will mean a great deal to those Pte Clark left behind whilst protecting our way of life.  As a member of the Armed Forces, I feel humbled and privileged to have been part of this ceremony.”

In a statement, Pte Clark's family said: "The Clark family would like to thank the Ministry of Defence and Major Shearer for arranging this special day. 

"Archie, who died in Korea aged 20, is, and will always be, missed. 

"This medal and scroll will be passed down through the family, who will always have a reminder of the sacrifice Archie and all his comrades made."

The Elizabeth Cross award was created in 2009 to provide national recognition for the families of Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism. It is granted to the families of those who died in conflicts dating back to 1948, from the Korean War, the Falklands conflict, operations in Northern Ireland and recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a message to her Armed Forces, Her Majesty the Queen said: “This seems to me a right and proper way of showing our enduring debt to those who are killed while actively protecting what is most dear to us all. The solemn dignity which we attach to the names of those who have fallen is deeply engrained in our national character. As a people, we accord this ultimate sacrifice the highest honour and respect.”

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