Korean War Legacy Project

Peter Ford


Peter Ford was born in the borough of Waltham Cross in London, England, in 1932. As a young man, he and his friends would pick up shrapnel from the bombs that were dropped on London during World War II. He left school at the age of fourteen and secured a job at a Co-Operative cabinet factory in Enfield.  He worked there until he was “called up” for service in the Royal Army Services Corps in 1952. After training as a driver, he received orders to go to Korea.  During the War, he was assigned to the 26th Field Ambulance Unit of the 1st Commonwealth Division where he performed driving duties that included resupplying rations as well as the evacuation of wounded soldiers.

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Arriving and Korea

Peter Ford speaks about arriving in Korea in 1952. He describes driving through Seoul. He discusses how he had no idea why he was assigned to the 26th Field Ambulance, explains where the unit was set up, and recalls being told what his assignment was. He shares a story of being stopped for speeding.

Tags: Seoul,Living conditions,Physical destruction

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Freezing Water and Oil

Peter Ford speaks about the cold weather. He gives an examples of how quick water would freeze. He shares that he had proper winter clothing and the effects the cold could have on vehicles. He explains a scenario where he made a mistake in the cold.

Tags: Cold winters,Impressions of Korea,Living conditions

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Games Anyone?

Peter Ford recalls how he received news that the Armistice had been signed. He recounts how the Commonwealth division he was assigned to was comprised of various nationalities and how it decided to hold a sporting event. He comments on his participation as a runner and recalls placing third in the event.

Tags: 1953 Armistice 7/27,Living conditions,Rest and Relaxation (R&R)

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