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January 28, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

David Martin

It now turns out that a young BBC engineer was responsible for editing out the stammering from King George VI’s speeches during World War II. The work of the engineer, David Martin, who was only 19 when he was called upon to remove the stutters came to light in a letter released by his daughter, Jane Dickenson, in the wake of the acclaim for The King’s Speech, which describes the efforts made by the British monarch to overcome his speech impediment. In the letter, Martin, who died two years ago, said, “We didn’t have tape in those days and all recordings were made on metal discs which made the whole exercise rather tricky.” Excerpts from the letter released today (Friday) do not detail how Martin went about editing the discs. However, he concluded, “It all went well and the final result sounded pretty good and no one would have known that the king had a stutter.”