• Short Summary

    Victoria Cross winner Pte. William Speakman gets civic reception on return to Altrincham.

  • Description

    Lyneham, Wiltshire and Altrincham, Greater Manchester, Cheshire.

    SV. Private William Speakman (of the Black Watch - King's Own Scottish Borderers) arriving at R.A.F. Lyneham, Wiltshire. CU. Speakman. CU. VC and campaign ribbons on Speakman's tunic. SV Line of Newsreel cameras. SV Speakman being greeted by one-armed Mayor of Altrincham. Pan down to left handed shake. SCU Mayor of Altrincham. CU Pathe News camera. SV Speakman dwarfing accompanying R.T.O.s leaving airfield. GV Neighbours scrubbing and cleaning at Speakman's home. CU A neighbour polishing key-hole. SCU Another neighbour scrubbing stone steps. SV Sign 'Welcome to Altrincham's Bill Speakman V.C.' SV Policewoman controlling cheering children. SCU Speakman boarding car for drive through town with Mayor. MTV Crowds surrounding car shaking hands with Speakman. STV Car moves off. SV Pan from waving Union Jacks to Speakman in car. GV Car driving through crowded and beflagged street. SCU Children waving flags. SV Car driving through dense crowd. SV Side view car arriving at Town Hall. GV Crowds in front of Town Hall. SV Crowd surging forward. SV Speakman shaking hands with crowd as he walks into Town Hall. SV Crowd waving. SV Speakman shaking hands with Sgt. Thomas V.C (1914-1918). CU Medals on Sgt. Thomas' chest. SCU Speakman examining Sgt. Thomas' medals zoom in to Thomas. GV Crowded roadway outside Town Hall. SV Speakman appearing on balcony. SV Crowd waving. SV Mayor of Altrincham saying "This is indeed a pleasure, a unique occasion, and exceptionally pleasurable one that I have now to do that is to introduce you to a local boy, a soldier, and indeed a very gallant soldier. One who has earned the most meritorious distinction that anyone can earn, the most coveted of all honours, the Victoria Cross.". SV Crowd cheering. SV Speakman replies "There is not really very much I can say, words will not express my feeling for the way you have treated me today, but there is one thing I can say, it is good to be back and thanks a lot". GV Crowd cheering. CU A sign over Speakman's house "Welcome Home, Bill". SV Back view Speakman waving to crowds outside. He turns and embraces mother, Mrs Hannah Houghton.


    Condensed record - may not be in correct order - check with film.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:18:00 / 01:45:58:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    I was the baby in the pram on this film. Yvonne

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