Brian Cooper was 19 years old when he had to call down artillery onto his own position during the battle of Samichon River in July 1953.
“I reckon my luck’s been used up,” he said.
“The fire was right on top of us and the noise was horrendous … We were in weapon pits, so we ran a certain amount of risk, but not as much as the Chinese.
“We knew it was coming and we could get down, whereas the Chinese were out in the open, so they were just going to cop it.
“I had words with the great Godfather up above, and I said to him, ‘Well, if it’s going to be me, I’d like it to be quick.’
“I didn’t want to be wounded and lying around, or taken prisoner or something like that, and I said, ‘If you can, go easy on my blokes.’
“And that’s the extent of my religion.”