For­mer Navy man would like to hear from his old friend

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Dundee man is hop­ing to find out what hap­pened to his dad’s old Ruther­glen pal from World War II.

Gra­ham Had­dow’s fa­ther Mur­ray is now 91, and served on the HMS Caprice dur­ing the con­flict.

One of Mur­ray’s clos­est friends there was Malachy Con­roy, known as Tony, who served as a wire­less op­er­a­tor.

The duo’s time abroad the HMS Caprice saw them make six con­voys to Rus­sia, a jour­ney con­sid­ered one of the most dan­ger­ous in the world.

Af­ter the war ended the friends drifted apart, and Gra­ham would love to find out what hap­pened to his dad’s old pal.

He said: “They’d never met be­fore but they were 18-year-olds be­ing posted on a brand new ship, and my dad quickly be­came friends with Tony and with an­other man called Mick Ma­her, who was from Ex­eter and a anti sub­ma­rine sonar op­er­a­tor.

“They shared this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on these six con­voys, or three re­turn jour­neys, from the north of Scot­land to Rus­sia.

“My dad’s men­tioned Tony and Mick a few times over the years, and he’s got that photo of the three of them.

“He said to me the other day that he’d love to know what hap­pened to his friends af­ter the war, and all he knew about Tony was that he was from Ruther­glen, so maybe there’s some fam­ily left there, or Tony is still alive.

“If there’s rel­a­tives there then they might be fas­ci­nated to hear from some­one who had known Tony.

“My fa­ther has only re­ally re­alised what he achieved in the last few years - maybe Tony’s fam­ily would like to hear about the brav­ery those men showed.”

At the end of Au­gust Mur­ray Had­dow will be on­board the Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia in Ed­in­burgh at a cer­e­mony to mark the re­mem­ber the first Arc­tic Con­voy 75 years ago in 1941.

Gra­ham added: “That’s go­ing to be sig­nif­i­cant, and they are look­ing for as many veterans as they can get for it.

“The Rus­sians have been par­tic­u­larly keen to recog­nise what the veterans did for them - I was in­vited to a Vic­tory Day parade in Moscow along with two other rel­a­tives ear­lier this year, and many older Rus­sians pointed at the pho­to­graph of my fa­ther which I car­ried and said ‘spa­siba’.... which sim­ply means thank you!”

Mur­ray Had­dow was awarded the Arc­tic Star medal by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment three years ago and the Ushakov medal by the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment more re­cently. He cur­rently lives in Largs. Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion on Tony’s life af­ter the war should con­tact Gra­ham on gra­hamhad­dow10@ aol. com or by call­ing 01382 581006.

Hon­our Mur­ray is pre­sented with the Arc­tic Star

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