Wil­liam Speak­man Vic­to­ria Cross

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“There are many medal groups in the na­tional col­lec­tions but there are few which ri­val those of Bill Speak­man,” says Pa­trick. “While at­tached to the 1st King’s Own Scot­tish Border­ers in Korea in 1951, Pri­vate Speak­man was awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross, Bri­tain’s pre­mier dec­o­ra­tion for gal­lantry in the face of the en­emy. While un­der at­tack from Com­mu­nist forces, Speak­man re­peat­edly charged the en­emy, even though wounded, giv­ing his com­pany time to re­tire to safety. He was the last sol­dier from a Scot­tish reg­i­ment to be awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross. Sadly, Bill Speak­man died in June 2018.”

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