Sgt. Bill Speakman VC – 1927-2018

Bill Speakman VC. (Via RHC)

IT IS with sadness that Britain at War announces the death of Bill Speakman VC who died peacefully, surrounded by family, on 20 June.

He was 90-years-old. Altrincham-born Speakman served as a private in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) attached to 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers during the Korean War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross – the first to be presented by Queen Elizabeth II – for his actions on 4 November 1951 at United Hill, where he was engaged in close-range combat after the position came under attack by 6,000 enemy troops. Just 400 British troops occupied the hill.

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