RIP Bill Speakman VC

by Philip Gowman on 21 July, 2018 updated 22 July, 2018

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Bill Speakman funeral

photo: Justina Jang

The funeral was held this week for Bill Speakman, the so-called Beer Bottle VC. The ceremony was held on 19 July in the Wren Chapel at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, where Speakman was a pensioner. He died peacefully at the Hospital on 20 June 2018, aged 90, surrounded by members of his family.

Obituaries can be found on the King’s Own Scottish Borderers website, as well as the Guardian and the Times. According to Andrew Salmon in the Telegraph, he wants his ashes to be scattered in the DMZ.

Bill Speakman VC

Bill Speakman VC
21 Sept 1927 – 20 June 2018
photo: King’s Own Scottish Borderers.


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