Convoy veteran aboard again for anniversary
A NAVAL veteran was back on board ship to mark the 75th anniversary of the historic Arctic convoys.
Tom Robinson, 96, from Prestbury, spent the war on HMS Forester, an F-class destroyer, fending off attacks by German destroyers, submarines and planes.
He was a special guest a day of celebrations in Liverpool staged by the Royal Navy.
During the visit Tom, and 34 other veterans, were invited aboard HMS Dragon, a Navy air defence destroyer.
Between 1941 and 1945 there were 78 convoys which moved vital supplies and arms from the UK, Iceland, and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union to support Russian forces fighting the Nazis. During the campaign 85 merchant vessels and 16 Royal Navy warships were lost, and more than 3,000 sailors lost their lives.
Tom was a wireless telegrapher on the Forester, communicating with other ships in the convoy and monitoring enemy signals.
He now lives at Upton Grange Residential Home.
Julie Sulley, home manager, said: “We are all proud of Tom’s role in the war. He was very brave. Tom really enjoyed the day out to Liverpool with his family.”