Bill Speakman VC, 1927-2018

Discussion in 'Korea' started by von Poop, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Always a familiar sight at the Cenotaph Remembrance Parade. RIP.
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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    My Dad told me he travelled to the UK from Korea to get to get his VC on ones of the boats from the Line he worked for. Apparently he was drunk most of the way home and kept wanting to fight the crew so they locked him up in the brig (sp).
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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A solid tradition of promotions quickly followed by demotions for fighting it seems.
    That, and killing Her Majesty's enemies.
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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    you wanted him on your side in a fight
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  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  7. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    Illustrated London News 9th February 1952
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    Sphere 8th March 1952
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    Illustrated London News 22nd March 1952
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    Tatler 12th March 1952
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    Illustrated London News 5th February 1952
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    Sphere 5th February 1952
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    Sphere 9th February 1952
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    Illustrated News 8th March 1952
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    Berwick News 26th February 1952

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  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I see that some reports say it was 6,000 Chinese whilst others say 600 - reporting doesn't seem to have changed much since then

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  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  10. 8igh3@d

    8igh3@d New Member

    My Father, George Stedeford, was one of the volunteers from the Black Watch to go with Bill from Germany, and join first the Argyll's and then stay on in Korea with the KOSB. He was part of the action on that fateful day.
    RIP gentlemen.
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I saw this film mentioned on another website today. It is to do with the VC generally, but has some nice footage of Bill Speakman around 3 minutes 30 seconds in:

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  12. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Not this site perchance?

    What Price A VC

    Kind regards, always,


    P.S. Snap!
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  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Snap indeed Jim. :)
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  14. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Out and about, on the lam, visiting friends, amis, vrienden, freunde.

    Dug this out a couple of days ago; brought it along for a re-read, for company (note: not a security blanket!)

    No scanner, photographed via phone, hope it's legible. And as mentioned via Bamboo43's link in his post #6 above; a little more detail here.

    At 12 noon we all cast a small shadow; but some are giants no matter the time of day.

    Bill Speakman VC.

    Kind regards, always remember, never forget,





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