Con­voy vet­eran aboard again for an­niver­sary

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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.”

Tom Robin­son

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