Berkeley student to embark on epic challenge

for war hero Great Uncle  

An 18-year-old Berkeley man is to run more than 120 miles in just five days in memory of his Great Uncle, Sergeant Sid J. Brisland, a survivor of the heroic battle of Imjin River – part of the Korean War – in 1951.

Maurice Brisland, a politics and international relations student at the University of Birmingham and a former Gloucestershire ACF cadet, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle by running 22, 23, 24 and 25 miles consecutively on April 22, 23, 24 and 25. On the 26th, he will run a complete marathon (26 miles) to acknowledge the time his Great Uncle spent in captivity.

Maurice said: “My Great Uncle Sid volunteered to stay behind with the wounded, giving those who were able time to break out back to friendly lines. His courage, gallantry and resilience has inspired me to do something to remember this occasion by and hopefully help others. I’m attempting this personal challenge so I can give a little bit back by way of gratitude.”

For more details and information about his JustGiving page visit his page here: Maurice Brisland



2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of The Battle of The Imjin River, which took place between 22nd - 25th April 1951 during the Korean War.

The #Imjin70 Working Group are finalising a programme of events and commemorations, to mark the anniversary.  The Group is Chaired by Lt Col Anthony Ayres (The Rifles County Colonel for Gloucestershire).

Click on the link below to download a letter from Lt Col Ayres, which contains more information.

Imjin70 Letter Jan 21

A Service in Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 25th April 2021 to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Imjin River

A special service of commemoration took place on 22 April 2021 at Gloster Hill Memorial in Paju, organised by Paju City Council. Please fast forward the video below to 18 minutes in for the start of the service).

Stronger Together Korea and the United Kingdom published on October 2020