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Council to unveil Blue Plaque in Altrincham for hero soldier.

Trafford Council is unveiling a Blue Plaque to war hero William Speakman VC. Private Speakman, who was born in a house near the site of Altrincham Interchange in 1927, received the Victoria Cross for an incredible act of bravery during the Korean War on 4th November 1951.

Private William Speakman VC Credit: Trafford Council

Private Speakman, leapt into action when his battalion, the 1st Battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, were under fire from 6,000 Chinese troops. Filling his pouches and all available pockets with hand grenades, he rose to his feet and pelted the attackers with grenade after grenade, pausing only to return to refill his pockets.

Inspired by his actions, six men then joined him in a concerted drive to clear the ridge of the enemy.

In 2015 he returned to South Korea where he was presented the Taeguk Cordon, 1st Class of the National Order of Military Merit, their highest award He passed away in June 2018. The Blue Plaque will be placed at the Interchange in honour of his bravery.