PATROLLING just to the south of the demilitarised zone in Korea, we occasionally met Korean families who were escaping from the north of the country.

I regularly tried to help these refugees with a part of our combat rations and water, at the same time making sure that they were strong enough to continue their journey.

This was out of concern for fellow human beings who did not have the same security as ourselves.

This action was not part of our remit and neither my colleagues nor I expected any reward or recognition for our efforts.

It is therefore disappointing to see people advertising their charitable efforts for Syrian refugees.

It would be more appropriate that their actions were not so obviously advertised.

Brian Regimbeau