A Second World War North Africa El Alamein Casualty, D-Day landings 6th June 1944 veteran, and Korean War Chinese New Year Offensive on Seoul 3rd January 1951 Killed in Action group awarded to Fusilier H. Arno, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, late 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, who was severely wounded in action at El Alamein, before recovering and landing on Sword Beach on 6th June 1944, and then being recalled for the Korean War, where he was killed in action during the Chinese Offensive on 3rd January 1951.

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A Second World War North Africa El Alamein Casualty, D-Day landings 6th June 1944 veteran, and Korean War Chinese New Year Offensive on Seoul 3rd January 1951 Killed in Action group awarded to Fusilier H. Arno, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, late 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, who was severely wounded in action at El Alamein, before recovering and landing on Sword Beach on 6th June 1944, and then being recalled for the Korean War, where he was killed in action during the Chinese Offensive on 3rd January 1951.
Group of 7: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; Korea Medal 1950-1952, 1st type obverse; (4344850 FUS. H. ARNO. R.N.F.); United Nation’s Medal for Korea, British issue.
Condition: Good Very Fine or better.
Harry Arno was born on 15th April 1920 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and saw service during the Second World War as a Private (No.2433850) with the 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, being present with the 8th Army in North Africa and severely wounded in action at El Alamein where he suffered injuries to an arm, leg, chest and chin. After recovering, he rejoined his battalion and took part in the invasion of Normandy landing on Sword Beach on D-Day, 6th June 1944. Having been subsequently discharged and transferred to the Army Reserve, he then found himself recalled from the reserves due to the outbreak of the Korean War.
Arno then saw service attached as a Fusilier (No.4344850) with the 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers in Korea as a part of the 29th British Infantry Brigade, and his wife stated to the Sheffield Chronicle that in a letter to her he had described the conditions in the country as “wicked”.
The Chinese third offensive began on New Years Eve 1950, and finished with the capture of Seoul on 4th January 1951. On 1st January 1952 the Northumberland Fusiliers were heavily engaged at Uijongbu. In the early hours of 3rd January the Chinese launched their final and most fierce assault on the United Nations front line, and the main thrust of the attack fell on the Northumberland’s, the Royal Irish Regiment, and the Royal Irish Hussars. The UN Forces commanding officer, General Matthew Ridgeway, ordered a withdrawal which began in some disarray from the Seoul bridgehead to a new defensive line forty miles below the city. The last UN troops left on the morning of the 4th January, blowing the Han bridges as they did so.
Arno had however been listed as missing in action since 3rd January 1951, and he was later verified as killed in action on this day. His body was never recovered, and his name is listed on the Commonwealth Memorial in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery at Pusan.



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