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RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:20:05 pm »
It's just been announced that Sgt Bill Speakman VC has sadly passed away it the age of 90

He was born in Altrincham in 1927 and served with the Kings Own Scottish Borders with whom he deployed to Korea and on the 4th November 1951, under intense fighting including hand to hand combat he held of numerous waves of attacks from North Korean and Chinese communist forces.

He was gazetted on the 25th December 1951 and was the last Victorua Cross to be awarded by King George, and the first to be given the Victoria Cross by Queen Elizabeth

His citation:

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/39418/supplement/6731

After returning from Korea he joined the the SAS serving in Malaya, Borneo and Radfan (Aden Emergency) where he rose to the rank of SGT before leaving the military.

Sadly after military life to Put a roof on his cottage he sold his Victoria Cross, but was issued a genuine replacement from the bronze ingot from the Sevastopol gun from which the Victoria crosses are made from .

I had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions and can only describe his as a modest and down to earth guy with whom we share some chuckles about some of the local characters in Altrincham we both knew of and talking about local places we knew.

SGT BILL SPEAKMAN VC
1927 - 2018



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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2018, 11:23:13 pm »

Thanks for posting.

What a life!  RIP.

Ben A.



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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 11:52:44 pm »
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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 10:05:47 am »
Another of the best of us gone.. I lost my father 2 weeks ago at the same age.

RIP

Alex
« Last Edit: June 22, 2018, 10:07:03 am by Hailstone »

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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 10:13:19 am »
Another hero lost to us :(

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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 10:41:27 am »
let us remember them, the words each armistice day

Hailstone. our prayers, thoughts and condolences to you and your family from us alll chris

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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 06:45:16 pm »
Amazing military history.  RIP.

Awful when soldiers have to sell their medals, especially a VC!

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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2018, 09:43:52 am »
Very good obituary in "The Times" yesterday - it's nice to know that he had a link [albeit tenuous] to this forum.

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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2018, 12:40:45 pm »
Very good obituary in "The Times" yesterday - it's nice to know that he had a link [albeit tenuous] to this forum.

Can you enlighten us please?

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Re: RIP SGT Bill Speakman VC
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2018, 02:16:40 pm »
That's the one, but the Times obit was much longer - it ran to nearly a full page.

 

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