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Old 22-02-2015, 08:14
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hurrah x 3; well done Alan, at last. When our Russian Arctic veterans visit us in May this year i am going to give each of them a framed Arctic Star replica as a 70th anniversary memento.
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Old 22-02-2015, 10:56
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GOBSMACKED!!!
This letter arrived through my front door this morning (Sat 21st)! Then later on this morning the medal also landed in my front porch. So it has finally arrived - with some persistence - nearly 2 years after initial application. Of course it was only a couple of weeks ago that I went and bought a replica for my uncle. Who says Sods Law doesn't exist?
Good luck to all the folks who are still waiting.

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Great news for you Alan.

Sadly we have now given up on it ......... we had a letter last week saying that seeing as how we cannot prove she is the only living relative [other than her younger sister] and that her stepfather did not legally adopt them she has no entitlement. Just seems wrong to me that in their eyes the man who brought them up from the age of four and was their "father" in all other senses cannot be remembered for his six convoys to Russia. Still seems strange that they did not question it when we applied for and received the Arctic Lapel Pin.

We have a replica together with his other medals in miniature.

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Old 13-05-2015, 21:08
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Hallelujah! There is a God in heaven after all!!
Well folks, it has taken me only 2 years & 9 months but at last I now have all 4 medals that were due to our family. Although it hurts knowing that nobody who earned them is now around to see them!
Yesterday (Tuesday 12th)my wife and I travelled up to the Russian Embassy in London to collect my fathers Ushakov medal. It was a nice day out and a big relief for me to now have it.
I think I deserve a medal myself for all the work done in securing them; patience and persistence were the key ingredients needed to achieve success. I wish all you people who are still waiting good luck and keep trying!!
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Old 18-06-2015, 17:17
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A Post Script to my several entries above re my father's Arctic Star, it really does count for something across the generations.

In 2013, on a trip to the UK, it was Tim Lewin who pointed out to me my father was entitled and I applied. Later that year, it was Tim Lewin who invited me to HMS Belfast when he was to present his father's Star to the ship.

Being in Canada, I couldn't make it, but Tim kindly invited our younger daughter, who really is the family historian. Also, he included our eldest grand-daughter. Maya also takes an active interest in family history and was fascinated by my father's decorations and medals, now in her family's keeping, and wanted to know what each was and what it meant.

So, briefed by Grandad by email, Maya and her mother were there. Maya met and talked with the Arctic Star recipients who were there that day.

This past Christmas my father's Star finally arrived. A few weeks ago our younger daughter was here on a visit and I gave her the Star to take home for safe-keeping - and I know it WILL be safe - with his DSC* and other medals.

This morning, the card below arrived. It says it all.

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Old 18-06-2015, 17:56
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It looks like it will be safe in Maya's keeping

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Old 18-06-2015, 20:45
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Interesting reading!

(From BBC News Online)

Russia battles to honour UK's WW2 naval veterans

"World War Two veterans have waited 70 years to hold a foreign medal they earned in freezing waters plagued with enemy ships. As a result some are dying weeks before their day to be awarded the Ushakov Medal arrives, prompting a Russian Embassy team to race around the UK to honour as many Arctic convoy mariners as possible."

Complete article here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-31539852
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Old 19-06-2015, 09:44
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they have been through about 65% of the 3,000 and now those left are sadly too infirm to make the visit to the Embassy or Consulate and as they, the russians, insist on personal presentation, each one is a personal visit. There are only so many people approved in the Embassy to do this and they are working flat out. (I was there on the 12th and we talked about this). Anyone on the list who dies before their medal is presented will have it presented to their NoK.
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Old 24-06-2015, 10:03
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As many of you know the Russian Govt issues commemorative medals for each 10-year anniversary of the end of WW2, they still carry a much deeper scar from the horror of this war than many of us given that half of all the Butchers Bill was paid by Soviet citizens, there is not a family in Russia, or former USSR, that has not lost at least 2 family members.

I have spoken with the Embassy this morning, the 70th Anniversary medal is in the process of being sent out to all of those approved on the Ushakov Medal list (approx 3,000 people) so if you or your relative was on this list, you/they, will be receiving the Anniversary issue soon. Around half have already gone, the rest are going out daily.

just an update...

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Old 25-06-2015, 08:33
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Colin Churcher MBE, my friend and fellow ex-Clearance Diving Officer, was presented with his Ushakov Medal at the Russian Embassy in London on 23 October last year. He has sent me the attachments for general interest.

Colin was awarded the medal for his service as a Radar Control rating in the destroyer HMS Myngs on the Arctic convoys. After an eventful career on the lower deck during the Second World War, he was commissioned and qualified as a CDO. Among his many later exploits, he disposed of 'The Blackfriars Bomb' under Blackfriars Bridge in February 1968 and was appointed an MBE for rendering safe a German GC parachute mine in the West Warwick Reservoir at Walthamstow in 1970 while OIC of the Portsmouth Bomb & Mine Disposal Team. His life story can be read in his autobiography, To Render Safe, which he relates in the third person about a character called 'Dave'.
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Old 29-09-2016, 09:23
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Dear All, sorry for this long post but its for good reason; here is the list of the remaining Arctic Heroes who are yet to receive their Ushakov medal from the Russian Embassy; this is copied from the Embassy web site so its their list. Of the 3000 or so survivors identified who qualified for this prestigious award this list is of those who have so far resisted location, if anyone knows anyone on the list, please tell me, or better yet, contact the Russian Embassy in London.

23.09.2016

Heroes Wanted!


Attention, heroes wanted!
Over the last couple of years Russian Embassy has made a big effort to present an Ushakov medal in person to each and every surviving veteran of the Arctic Convoys. Today, after some 3000 awardings, only about 150 of them are waiting for a medal, which will be presented in the next few weeks.
However, despite all our efforts and those of the UK Ministry of Defence, we have been unable to locate some 160 veterans. We are publishing a list of names, with their last known area of residence, in the hope that our readers will be able to trace them.
If you know any of the veterans listed below, or their next of kin (the medal is presented to those alive as of the date of the President's Decree, and to the next of kin in case the veteran passed away), do not hesitate to write to ushakov@rusemb.org.uk.

1. James Fisher South Stainmore, Cumbria
2. Joseph Frederick Thomas, Essex
3. Douglas Eric Fisher, Suffolk
4. Derek Robert Edgar Hines, Leist
5. Arthur Robert King, Flintshire
6. Hargraves Charles Thomas, Derby
7. Leslie John Earp, Derby
8. Geoffrey Herbert Tew, Leicestershire
9. William Anderson, Merseyside
10. Best Lindridge, Poulton-Le-Fylde
11. Archer (Reyd) Stanley Edwin, Faringdon
12. William Anderson, Merseyside
13. Millar James, Larkhall
14. Harrison John Jack, Dearbyshire
15. Pleydell John Arthur, Knutsford
16. Key Laurence, Harwich
17. Watt Richard Shaw, Glasgow
18. Longmuir George, North Berwick
19. Herbert Robson, Aberdeen
20. David Watt, Dundee
21. John Patrick Cannon, Liverpool
22. Romley Alan James, Aberdeenshire
23. Webster Stanley, Aberdeen
24. George Sydney Robertson, Inverness-Shire
25. John Rowlands, Roxburghshire
26. Harold Leslie Crichton, London
27. Wilson Graham , Killin
28. Edward Hardie, Glasgow
29. Patrick Valentine O'Connor, Weston Super Mare
30. Benjamin Hall, Liverpool
31. Evans Gareth Robert, Largs
32. Thomas Desmond Evan Sunnymeade, Somerset
33. Kenneth Sydney Whiterod, Kent
34. Alfred Thomas Maxwell Hawken, Deal
35. Bishop Ronald, Devon
36. Frederick William George Spratt, Bristol
37. Ewins Henry John, Folkestone
38. Norman Mawson, Newton Abbot
39. Collis Charles Patrick Ridsdale, Dawlish
40. Lillie John Brydon Bowleaze, Winscombe
41. Frank Cyril Nicholson, Addlestone
42. King Albert, Bucks
43. Paul Philip Lewin, Cambridge
44. Leslie Norman Edwards, Northampton
45. Turner Ronald Peter, Northampton
46. John Herbert Moss, Hampshire
47. Dodd Kenneth James, Gillingham
48. Thomas Saunt, Hensfield
49. William Dodds, London
50. Raymond John Edward Hopewell, Northampton
51. Shaw James Bernard, Southsea
52. Harry Charles Lovell, Northampton
53. Wood Frederick, Ipswich
54. Richard Morrison-Story, Bristol
55. Knight Cyril Reginald, Hertfordshire
56. Samuel Robert Hollingworth, Cornwall
57. Thomas Arnold Clarke , Eastleigh
58. Arthur Ivor Rowland Smith, Wokingham
59. Peter William Hale, Marlow
60. Peacock James B., Reading
61. Hayden Rowland John, Ricksmanworth
62. Norris Geoffrey Haigh, Portishead
63. Vernon Thomas Lavington, Eastbourne
64. Raymond Holland, Surbiton
65. Woodcraft James, Hitchin
66. Arthur Herbert Wyeth, Chipping Norton
67. Ronald Victor Mallett, Colchester
68. Richard Harry Austin, Sittingbourne
69. Maurice George Quy, Frinton-on-Sea
70. Garrett E. Hughes, Milton Keynes
71. George Henry Shreeve, Portsmouth
72. Parker Alfred Benjamin, Felixstone
73. Noy William Alfred, Wainscott
74. Henry Dewell, Chelmsford
75. Clode Robin Gordon, Somerset
76. Harry Julian Voice, Shoreham-by-Sea
77. James W Pratt, Dovercourt
78. Robin Alfred Charles Owen Prestonpans
79. Bartlett Frederick George , Walton-on-Naze
80. Gough Charles Frederick, Birkenhead
81. Parfitt Cecil, Colchester
82. Ralph Aubrey Bannister, Huntingdon
83. Clarke Geoffrey Allen, Norfolk
84. Britten Noel Douglas,
85. John Arthur Harry Clark, Braintree
86. Hutchinson Leslie Lionel Ledna, King's Lynn
87. McIntyre John, Paisley
88. Ernest Albert.Fitchett , March
89. Dance Leslie, Dundee
90. Alfred Thomas Frederick Cooper, Doddington
91. Arthur Eric Watkins, Salford
92. Ian Hamilton, Bishopton
93. Dyble Keith S., Midlothian
94. Denis Farrow, Manchester,
95. Daniel McDonald, Auchencairn
96. Gill Raymond, Norfolk
97. Gleaves Stanley Joseph, Stockbridge Village
98. William Morrison, Dunbartonshire
99. Muirden Frank Alan, Argyll,
100. George Ellis Davies, Rugeley
101. Davison Ronald, Durham,
102. Ian Ayer, Stanley
103. Howard Hewett Templeton,
104. James Telfer, East Lothian
105. John Robert Barrett, Norfolk
106. Asquith William James, Birmingham,
107. Albert Richard Jackson , London
108. Raymond Bruce, Norfolk
109. Kenneth James Reed, Bluntisham
110. Harvey Haughton, Peterborough
111. Busst William Robert, Birmingham,
112. Blackburn Charles Birmingham
113. Charles Henry Wall, Birmingham
114. Triggs Harold Arthur, Dorset
115. Frank Bryan Cox, Bournemouth,
116. Leslie Thomas Whyle Broadstone
117. Phillips Charles, Dorset
118. Ronald George Harvey, Dorset
119. Alan Turner Peacock, Edinburgh
120. Frederick Ernest Charles Bowditch, Bishopton
121. Sidney Ernest Hewson, New Milton
122. Jack Wall, Stonehouse
123. William Joseph Logan, Edinburgh
124. Kenneth Alfred Elgar, Thatcham
125. John Orton, Bedworth
126. Craig Eric Stuart, Warwick
127. Peter Sydney Wilson, Liphook
128. Hawkins Albert Jhon, Stoke-on-Trent
129. Miller Richard Cyril, London
130. Jackson Jack Arthur, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
131. Derrick Littlewood Berry, Pickering
132. William Leonard Phillips, Northwich
133. Ted Cowling, Telford
134. Jim Wellington Cordy, Suffolk
135. George Weir, Bristol
136. Smith Thomas Douglas, Henley
137. Shailer John Stanley, Hixon
138. Stephen Fordham, London
139. Webb Robert George, London
140. David John Cage, Ipswich
141. Raymond Fearn, Birmingham
142. Kent.G.Marcham, Bloxwich
143. Crosby Harry, Northampton
144. Kinder Albert, Sheffield
145. Yates Henry, Liverpool,
146. Brooks John, Durham
147. William Barker, Durham
148. Leslie George, Leicestershire
149. Chaffe John Philip, London
150. Gordon Robert Chambers, Dorset
151. Dennis Allenby Rodaway, Dorking
152. Francis Raymond Rush, Dorking
153. Donald Philip Palmer, Hampshire
154. Francis Henry Spendelow, Newport
155. Robert Arthur Skelton, South Wales
156. George Mantle, South Wales
157. Griffiths Howard, Hengoed
158. Henry Clark, Southbank
159. Frank Chrisp Smith, Marske by Sea
160. Frederick George Pike, Blackwood
161. Wright John, Fareham
162. Leslie Arthur Beck, Lymington
163. Patterson Frank Derek, Eastbourne
164. Henry R. Taylor, Southampton
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Old 30-09-2016, 16:50
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Oh, Bravo Zulu, Tim!

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Old 13-01-2017, 07:34
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I have been reading through this thread again after all this time and suddenly realised that I had not posted on here my final picture of our 'new' family heirloom. All the WW2 medals awarded to our late Dad & uncles are now framed up. Not having kids of my own I passed it over to my brother so that his kids can inherit them. What happens to the medals later on will be up to the next generation. I've done my bit!!

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Old 13-01-2017, 08:05
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Thanks for posting the photo Alan. What a great family heirloom and something to be proud of. Well done for putting the piece together.

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Alan, that's grand! I've no doubt future generations will care for them.

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Old 16-01-2017, 15:33
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Excellent Alan
also not having kids I gave my own father's medals to the NMM except for his Arctic Star which I gave to HMS Belfast in recognition of having begun his career in the RN in that very ship, August 1939. His Navy was everyone's Navy so I was happy to share....
You have done a super job
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Received today from the MoDMO

Shame that it is a different colour to the rest of his stars
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Old 17-07-2017, 21:01
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With the rest of his medals waiting to be mounted

Should I also include his Russian 40th medal and Malta GC medal?
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Old 18-07-2017, 07:28
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Hello James,

Firstly, congratulations on finally receiving the Arctic Star medal it certainly has taken a long time.
When I finally received all our medals I took them all to a professional chap to have them cleaned, mounted and framed (see post #287). He advised me that the quality of the metal today was superior to what it was back in the 1940's/50's, therefore the colour would inevitably be different even after cleaning. I expect you can see what he meant when you see my picture.
It is I think worth spending out and getting them all done up for presentation.

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Alan

Many thanks, I am thinking of having them all courtmounted together.

I do not have space for a frame on the walls and I am still trying to find a photo of him
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39-45 Star, Burma Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal and War Medal

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Great thread, and respect to all the gents mentioned. I just wish that the record keeping of the Admiralty had been good enough to have placed my father on that list. I know he served on a least one Arctic convoy - but unfortunately his naval record shows nothing of the sort as it does not mention a single ship anywhere, just shore bases. He was almost certainly at Normandy in some capacity, but no record of that either. Same with service in the Pacific.
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Popeye

Did the service records include what medals he was awarded,

If they confirm Pacific France and Germany and Atlantic I would then go back to them and ask what ships he was on to qualify for them.
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Great thread, and respect to all the gents mentioned. I just wish that the record keeping of the Admiralty had been good enough to have placed my father on that list. I know he served on a least one Arctic convoy - but unfortunately his naval record shows nothing of the sort as it does not mention a single ship anywhere, just shore bases. He was almost certainly at Normandy in some capacity, but no record of that either. Same with service in the Pacific.
Record keeping wasn't a high priority during wartime. Consequently, I have seen official service records, with sparse information about service and another version for the same person, but derived from victualling records. I believe the Naval Historical Branch and I am not sure if they are located:
RN Disclosure Cell, Room 48, West Battery, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8DX or
Naval Historical Branch
No. 24 Store, PP20
Main Road
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth PO1 3LU
Tel: +44 (0)2392 725 187
Fax: 02392 724003


It may be worth making a phone call to the latter to see if they can put more meat on the bone for you.

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Hello All, Please excuse my ignorance on this matter and please save me having to read through 12 pages of posts.

My late grandfather was awarded an Artic Star which his son (my uncle) applied for and received about 2 years ago. We've had it all framed up with his other medals he received and it looks fantastic. Hopefully its attached for all to see.

My question is does that make him automatically eligible for the Russian medal? If so, how do we go about applying for it? Bearing in mind it will be his son applying (with my assistance) and we are in Australia.

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Jeff,

My father was awarded the Ushakov medal after he had received the Arctic Star. However this is only awarded to living persons! When the Russian Embassy sent us the application form, I filled it in for him and he signed it thus he became eligible for it even though he passed away before the medal was presented. My wife and I travelled to London to receive it.
Hope this helps.

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Jeff,

My father was awarded the Ushakov medal after he had received the Arctic Star. However this is only awarded to living persons! When the Russian Embassy sent us the application form, I filled it in for him and he signed it thus he became eligible for it even though he passed away before the medal was presented. My wife and I travelled to London to receive it.
Hope this helps.

Alan G
Thanks Alan, Not for the next of kin then.... If my grandfather was still with us he'd be 107!

Cheers,
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