Neighbourhood comrades

HAPPY COINCIDENCE: From left, Bernard Clarke, Peter Bolton and Dennis Dring, who all served in the Korean War.
HAPPY COINCIDENCE: From left, Bernard Clarke, Peter Bolton and Dennis Dring, who all served in the Korean War.

THREE war veterans have lived in the same street for more than a decade without knowing one another.

Bernard Clarke, 79, Dennis Dring, 80, and Peter Bolton, 78, all served in the Korean War in the 1950s, and now live in Schoolfields in Glemsford.

Mr Clarke has lived there for over half-a-century, Mr Dring for 23 years and Mr Bolton for 12 years – all with no idea of their neighbourhood comrades.

Mr Clarke, who was in the Royal Norfolk regiment, said: “Dennis has been here over 20 years – I have even done some work for him at his house – and I didn’t know he was a Korean War veteran until I saw him at a funeral.

“I went back to Korea last year and when I got back Peter’s wife asked me about it and then told me he was out there too.”

It was the second time that Mr Clarke, who is a member of the British Korean Veterans’ Association, had returned to visit memorial sites.

Mr Bolton, who was shot in the chest during the conflict, still remembers his time in the country fondly. “I loved it over there,” he said.

Mr Dring added: “It is a surprise to see three men in the same street who were there at different times.”