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The first soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) by Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 90

www.independent.co.uk

Bill Speakman, the first soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) by Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 90, The Independent reports.

Sgt Speakman, who was from Altrincham in Greater Manchester, was 24 years old when he was given the award for outstanding bravery during the Korean War.

He fought off a sustained attack from Chinese forces for more than four hours, at various points fighting hand-to-hand to save fellow soldiers.

Sgt Speakman, known as “Big Bill”, owing to his 6ft 6in stature, died at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, surrounded by his family.

 


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