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Honours for two men at Penryn VE/VJ parade

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 25, 2013

  • Penryn's mayor Beverley Hulme lays a wreath.

  • Bill Speakman VC, seated left, and Brian Plint, seated beside him, with Royal British Legion members and dignitaries including Lord-Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bolitho after receiving their certificates.

  • Bugler Bill Bishop sounds Last Post.

  • Penryn Memorial Gardens. VE/VJ service with certificate presentations. The service begins in Penryn Memorial Gardens. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130811C-001_C

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TWO men have been honoured by the Royal British Legion at this year's VE/VJ Day parade in Penryn.

Bill Speakman VC and Brian Plint received certificates for their service, presented by Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho following the parade and service at the Memorial Gardens.

Mr Speakman received a certificate naming him a Friend of the Royal British Legion, one of its highest accolades, and Mr Plint received a life membership in recognition of his meritorious service.

Many members of the legion, veterans and dignitaries were in attendance for the event.

Mr Speakman, now 85, won the country's highest award for gallantry while serving as a Private in the Black Watch during the Korean War when his platoon was attacked by North Korean and Chinese soldiers and at risk of being overrun.

With many of his comrades injured, Private Speakman rounded up a handful of men and with a pile of grenades _ supplemented with empty beer bottles when the bombs ran out – led a series of charges. Despite being wounded in the leg, he successfully held off the enemy until the company could withdraw to safety. He later served with the SAS in Malaya, in Borneo and Radfan, Yemen, and in the Merchant Navy.

Mr Plint, 80, a former member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, has given more than 40 years' service to the Legion. He is a county parade marshal, has been secretary since 1986 and a standard-bearer since 2000.

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