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Korean War hero RSM Bill Halliday received Military Medal

Old soldier Bill 'Doc' Halliday, who has died aged 85, was a hero of the Korean War, in which he served with the Royal Ulster Rifles and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery.

Bill was a 22-year-old corporal with the 1st Battalion in charge of a machine-gun post at the Battle of Imjin in 1950, when he and his men were outnumbered 10-to-one. His Military Medal citation, in what was known as "the forgotten war", read simply: "For Valour".

After Korea, Doc served in Borneo and in Cyprus and, in his marathon years in uniform, became the last Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion the Royal Ulster Rifles and the first RSM of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rangers.

Even after leaving the Army in 1972, Doc joined the Ulster Defence Regiment, in which he served from 1976 until 1983.

Doc, a Belfast man, worked as a joiner in the Harland & Wolff shipyard, before joining up.

He met his late wife, May, when she was working in the Belfast Ropeworks. They were married for 51 years until her death in 2005.

Doc, who lived in Newtownards, is survived by his son George, daughters Marie and Helena, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His funeral service, in the Upper Newtownards Road parlour of undertakers James Brown, was conducted by retired Methodist minister the Rev David Cooper.

"My father was a remarkable man," said son George. "We are proud of him and the way he won his Military Medal."

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