Former Navy man would like to hear from his old friend
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