RIP Bill Speakman VC

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.

Update:
Bill Speakman’s ashes were laid to rest in the United National Memorial Cemetery in Busan on 19 February 2019. Photographs of the ceremony are available on the Cemetery’s Facebook page:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.