A FORMER soldier who the Government mistakenly declared dead during the Korean War has died.
Lewis Quarmby, of Helme, died of vascular disease at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. He was 72.
Mr Quarmby was first declared `dead' in 1953, aged just 19.
He was a private in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, which took part in the Battle of The Hook in South Korea.
The Dukes had taken over The Hook, a strategically important hill. But Chinese forces, who backed the North Koreans, shelled The Hook intensively.
Afterwards, the Army public relations office in Tokyo passed the details of casualties to reporters of British newspapers to publish.
Mr Quarmby's mother was given the news that he was officially missing, presumed dead.
In a long working life Mr Quarmby ran two pubs in the Meltham area.
He ran the Railway before moving to the Victoria Park, spending more than a decade in total at the two pubs.
He also worked at the Meltham factory of David Brown Tractors and for Howarth's Frozen Food stores.
He leaves a wife of 49 years, Megan, four children and four grandchildren.
Daughter Lorraine said: "Dad was a quiet and loving man - but some of the people in the Railway and Victoria Park at closing time may not have thought so!"
Mr Quarmby's funeral took place at Helme Church. He was cremated at Huddersfield.