Life after Murmansk
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.