Obituary: Special tribute to Korean War veteran Denis Husband

Local man Denis Husband, a Korean War veteran who was awarded the Military Medal for “superb gallantry in hand to hand fighting”, died after a short illness on Thursday, June 17, surrounded at home by his loving family.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 12:55 pm
Denis Husband is pictured at Eden Camp in 2015.
Denis Husband is pictured at Eden Camp in 2015.

A beloved husband of Phyllis, the devoted couple would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 22.

Their telegram from the Queen when they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2017 was framed, and has pride of place on their mantelpiece.

Much-loved father to Ian, Dawn and Kevin, and father-in-law, grandad and great-grandad, Denis, known for his cheery outlook on life, and cheeky banter, wanted his funeral to be a celebration of his life with family and friends attending his cremation at Octon on Thursday, July 1 at 12.30pm wearing colourful clothing to reflect this.

Denis outside Buckingham Palace with his dad Wilfred and mum Milly after receiving the Military Medal from Queen on July 20, 1954.

“No tears, just beers afterwards,” he joked the night before he died – so typical of Denis.

Denis was very proud of being awarded the Military Medal by Queen Elizabeth 11 on July 20, 1954 at an investiture at Buckingham Palace, and also received The Korean Ribbon and The United Nations Ribbon in the post after the war.

His memoirs from his National Service days from 1951-1953 include his year on active service in Korea, in particular his harrowing experience at the Battle of the Hook: May 28, 1952, when the lads he’d fought with put him up for receiving the Military Medal for keeping spirits up under fire and refusing to give in.

Dennis fought in The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and wanted to leave his memoirs to his family for posterity.

A copy of his memoirs is now in the archives of the Duke of Wellington Museum, Halifax.