The story of the Arctic Convoys and the struggle of survivors to achieve the level of recognition they felt was appropriate has been well-documented. Those unfamiliar with the story may wish to click here ;
What about the individual stories of those involved ? Once again, the nation`s smaller newspaperrs have a lot to contribute here.
Two stories which caught my eye recently appeared in my local newspaper, and can be found here ;
The first concerns itself with Dennis Yates of Marlpool, Derbyshire, a shipwright on HMS Scylla, whilst the second concerns itself with George Eyre of Codnor, a wireless telegraphist on HMS Duke of York.
Small newspapers in other areas have comparable stories. Naturally I can`t track down and list them all, but the others include ;
Unsigned - `Pensioner George Yorke Receives Medal...`, posted 19 May 2013 at www.dailyecho.co.uk
Unsigned - `Arctic Convoy Medal for Veteran Bob Watkin`, which appeared in The Citizen and was posted at www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk 31 May 2013
Emma Rigby - `Hartford Man Ernie Nelson Will Receive the Medal...` , posted 31 May 2013 at www.northwichguardian.co.uk .
Articles about Jock Dempster appeared at www.dailyrecord.co.uk , www.scotsman.com , www.heraldscotland.com , www.deadlinenews.co.uk , http://forargyll.com and www.eastlothiannews.co.uk and many others.
However belatedly, it`s only right that we commemorate the men who made the journey that was so dangerous that amongst themselves they referred to it as the `suicide run` and which Churchill once called "the worst journey in the world."