Veteran awarded con­voy medal for dar­ing mis­sion

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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’.

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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.

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