Two articles this week report how Bill Speakman VC, who was on a veterans’ trip to Korea, has decided to donate his Victoria Cross to South Korea. He also wants his ashes to be scattered in the DMZ when he dies. Sadly, the medal being donated is a replica: “he sold the original to a collector after being de-mobbed … to pay for a new roof for his cottage,” reports the Telegraph.
- War hero donates VC to Korea, asks for ashes to be scattered over DMZ, Andrew Salmon, Daily Telegraph, 21 Apr 2015
- War hero Bill Speakman gives VC medal to South Korea, BBC, 21 Apr 2015