Veteran awarded convoy medal for daring mission
AVETERAN of the Second World War will proudly wear a new medal on his chest for this year’s Remembrance Day Parade in Prestbury.
Tom Robinson will be displaying the Ushakov Medal when he marches through the village alongside other members of the Prestbury branch of the Royal British Legion after being honoured by the current Russian government.
Alongside other veterans who risked their lives serving on naval convoys bound for Russia during the Second World War, the 94-year-old was presented the medal by Russian ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at a special ceremony at Manchester Town Hall. The life-saving convoys had to run a gauntlet of German warplanes and U-boats in the deadly cold waters of the Arctic to deliver much needed food, fuel and armaments to Russia.
The mission was famously described by prime minister Winston Churchill as ‘the worst journey on earth’.
Tom said: “I would have to agree with him: on one journey we were hit three times and the ship was brought to a standstill and on fire.
“We lost our commanding officer and 12 soldiers with another nine injured as we limped into Murmansk for emergency repairs.” Mr Robinson served as
wireless telegraphist aboard destroyer HMS Forester. He is also president of Prestbury Gardening Club, a member of Prestbury Probus 91 and of the Prestbury branch of the Royal British Legion.
Last year, he was presented with the Arctic Star medal by the British government in honour of his brave service in the Arctic.