'Beefeater' Bill Callaghan is a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London who became a celebrity after a tourist posted a clip of his London tour to Youtube. He is also a former Sergeant Major in the British Army with 23 years military service. As a unique after dinner speaker, Bill talks with passion and knowledge about historical London - his laconic humour has been known to cut down every known name associated with the capital.
When a tourist posted a clip of Bill Callaghan’s London tour to Youtube, and racked up 2 million hits, the Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London and ‘stand-up historian’ became a celebrity.
Former Sergeant Major in the British Army, Bill’s applications to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force were rejected. His academics were not strong enough. Enlisting into the Royal Army Medical Corps at the age of seventeen, Bill excelled in basic military training and was graded 'above average' as a Nurse and Paramedic who eventually became the youngest Sergeant in his Corps, touring the globe.
Not only a medic, Bill has worked in Intelligence, Public Information and Psychological Operations. He eventually earned a BA hons in European History with diplomas in art and religious studies, from the Open University, and attended university courses for military studies in European, Middle Eastern and American Politics.
Bill retired in 2002 after twenty-three years of service. He was sworn in as "a Member of the Sovereign's Bodyguard, a Yeoman Warder of HM Tower of London, of the Yeoman of the Guard in Extraordinary" - better known as a Beefeater - a position he proudly holds to this day.
As an after dinner speaker he’s unique. He talks with passion and knowledge about historical London, and his laconic humour has been known to cut down every known name associated with the capital!
Bill also volunteers as a Crewman on the RNLI's busiest lifeboat - Tower Lifeboat - on the River Thames in central London and has raised thousands of pounds for the charity through various fund raising activities.