Life af­ter Mur­mansk

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Five se­nior of­fi­cers were awarded the Or­der of the British Em­pire and 14 sailors, in­clud­ing Mr Craig, re­ceived the King’s Com­men­da­tion for brave con­duct.

Mr Craig worked his way up to chief ra­dio of­fi­cer and sailed all over the world for the rest of the war.

He set­tled in Kil­marnock, work­ing in the knitwear in­dus­try.

“When I was in Rus­sia I never thought of be­ing coura­geous,” he said. “All we wanted to do was to stay alive and stay in one bit.”

The grand­fa­ther of four and great grand­fa­ther of

10 now lives with very poor sight due to mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion, but is sup­ported by char­ity Scot­tish War Blinded. The char­ity has given him a vi­sion im­pair­ment-friendly tablet that helps him keep in touch.

Scot­tish War Blinded gives free sup­port to for­mer ser­vice­men and women, no mat­ter if they lost their sight dur­ing or af­ter ser­vice.

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