The United Kingdom occupied Geomun Island, and renamed as Port Hamilton in 1885. The relationship between two nations had broken off during the Korea under Japanese rule (1910-1945). After the WWII, South Korea established diplomatic ties with the United Kingdom on January 18, 1949. The United Kingdom fought alongside South Korea & other allied nations during the Korean War. Almost 100,000 British servicemen fought in the Korean war. Their most famous involvement was the confrontation with Chinese soldiers at the Imjin River. 600 soldiers of the British Army took on a force of 30,000 Chinese troops crossing the Imjin River in Korea. At the end of the battle 10,000 Chinese troops had fallen. British losses stood at just 59 and this battle is considered a turning point in the war as it halted the Chinese advance. There is a memorial for British soldiers at Solma-Ri, South Korea. 1,078 British soldiers died fighting in the Korean war.