Coleshill Remembers World War 1
As a free service to the World War 1 commemoration year, ST-IT Limited have created and are hosting a free database of Coleshill connected veterans.
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Entry for Private Oliver Speake
2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Year of Birth
Date of Death
Commemorated on the plaque at the Roman Catholic Church. Oliver Speake was born in Birmingham on 16th December 1897 to Francis and Emily Speake. By 1901 Oliver and his younger brother Ernest were recorded living at the St Paul’s Home in Coleshill. Oliver enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Birmingham. In 1911 he was a Private living at the Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield, and recorded as single (service number 1388). Private Speake died of wounds received in Western Europe on 28th October 1914 and is remembered in the Ypres Town Cemetery, Belgium. He was awarded the 1914 Star, Victory and British medals.
St Vincent’s Journal No. 22, Spring 1916 Since our last issue we regret to have to record that more have been killed. James Smith, Oliver Speake, William Smith, and Francis Lycett have met their death on the Field of Honour. Oliver Speake came to St Paul’s in August 1900 from Birmingham. He left for St Vincent’s in May 1903, and was discharged from there in June 1905. His mother wrote that he was killed on October 28th, 1914.