Bill Speakman was awarded the VC – Britain’s highest military honour – for his bravery in leading a military action during the Korea War.
Rounding up six of his comrades in November 1951, he gathered a pile of grenades and led a series of charges against North Korean and Chinese soldiers.
Despite suffering injuries to his leg and shoulder, he battled on to repel the enemy.
Having run out of grenades he resorted to throwing beer bottles in a heroic bid to protect his comrades and allow them to withdraw safely.
“You just do what you’re trained to do as a soldier,” he said. “We did what we had to.”
The Victoria Cross is awarded for gallantry “in the presence of the enemy”.
King George Vl awarded him the honour but died before an investiture could take place.
“When I got it the king was alive but he was very ill,” Mr Speakman said.
“So the Queen – I was her first VC. It was a wonderful moment. I think she was nervous and I was very nervous,” he told the Royal British Legion.