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VC1343    William Speakman

Name   William Speakman    No.      

VC Issue No.   1343   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Black Watch attached to 1st Battalion, B Company, King's Own Scottish Borderers

Later   Royal Highlanders

Now   3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   17 Moss Lane, Altrincham, Cheshire, England

Place Of Death   Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes    United Nations Memorial Cemetery, 93, UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, 48529, Republic of Korea

Cremated   Lambeth Crematorium, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London (19th July 2018)

Date Buried/Cremated   19th February 2019

Headstone    Headstone    Plot/Grave no.   Veterans’ Grave Area (42) Row 1 Grave 7

Gazetted    28 December 1951

VC Presented   27 February 1952 by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London, England



VC 1342 VC 1344
VC 1342
VC 1344

BORN    21 September 1927

DIED  20 June 2018    AGE   90

VC Won  4 November 1951  AGE   24

Place VC Won   'United' Hilltop, Korea

War/Campaign   Korean War


P  Named on Honours Board, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Surrey

P  Named on Black Watch VC Memorial, Sergeants Mess, Fort George, Invernesshire

P  Memorial Plaque, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Display at National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Midlothian, Scotland

P  Speakman Court, Barrington Road, Altrincham, Gtr Manchester

P  Speakman Bridge, Woodlands Road, Altrincham, Gtr Manchester

P  Blue plaque, Altrincham Interchange, Stamford New Road, Altrincham, Cheshire

P  Named on the VC Roll of Honour, Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo, London

Accommodation block at Infantry Training Centre, Vimy Barracks, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire

By The Way…

Served with the Special Air Service in Malaya during 1953

VC Held By

Scottish United Services Museum, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Korean War