THE Korean Government and Armed Services this week bestowed their Ambassador of Peace Medal upon Rangers legend Harold Davis.
Davis served on the frontline in the Korean War in the 1950s with the famous Black Watch battalion, and suffered severe injuries, forcing him to spend the best part of two years in hospital.
It is testament to his strength of character that he made not only a full recovery, but managed to return to play football, firstly with long-term club East Fife and then Scot Symon’s Gers, whom he joined in 1956 and went on to play 261 times for.
An old-fashioned right half, Davis appeared alongside the likes of Bobby Shearer and later John Greig for the club, winning four League Championships, a Scottish Cup and two League Cups.
His story is arguably the most remarkable of any player to have pulled on the famous jersey given the terrible injuries he suffered, and his place in the club’s Hall of Fame is thoroughly merited.
He latterly played for Partick Thistle and then had spells in charge of Queens Park and Queen of the South, but it is his time at Ibrox that he is best remembered for on the football pitch.
On the battlefield, his bravery and achievements were recognised by South Korea at a special service in West Lothian. Along with two other veterans, Davis firstly attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the Bathgate Hills before he was presented with his prestigious medal at a special lunch in a nearby hotel where son Alan and wife Violet were also present.
Everyone at Rangers is delighted for Harold, and Managing Director Stewart Robertson said: “On behalf of Rangers Football Club, I’d like to congratulate Harold on this tremendous honour. To have recovered from the horrors of war and the severe injuries he suffered to play football at the highest level speaks volumes for his character, and for his efforts in Korea to be recognised in this way is simply terrific.
“He is a true Rangers great and I congratulate him again on this award.”