Medal Presentation


HowardJ

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 20:28
Some of you, I'm sure, will have heard of the Russian Convoys during WW2 and the attempt by veterans to get a campaign medal. Blair refused but this government agreed and earlier this year invited veterans to apply for the medal, now officially the Arctic Star. These shots are of the presentation made yesterday by George Osborne, our local MP, to my father.

The medal




1. The presentation



2. Looking at my dad's other medals



3. Family group, the lady on the end is Mr Osborne's secretary (taken by the official photographer)



I must say he was very pleasant and spent a lot of time talking to my dad. My dad was 103 on July 1st. The boys are my late brother's grandsons and their mother is behind them. Taken outside the Red Cross head office in Knutsford.

K5 + Pentax 16-45mm. I'm very pleased with them. Not of great artistic merit but a good reminder of the event. There was an official photographer there, I look forward to seeing her shots (on a Nikon)

Thanks for looking.

Howard
Cymru Am Byth

davem

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 20:34
what a lovely family memory. I am glad that these veterans have now been honoured

adamsuk777

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 20:35
Congratulations to your father. My late father-in-law served on the HMS Shropshire on Arctic Convoys and the family have applied for the medal. All those who served really did earn the campaign medal.

puma

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 21:28
Congratulations to your Dad well done him and they should be honoured
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AndrewA

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 21:30
What a fantastic story, thank you for sharing!
Andrew

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HowardJ

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 21:42
Thank you all for your lovely comments.

I'm sure you've guessed I'm the idiot with with the silly grin and the specs, my lovely wife is next to me.

Cheers,

Howard



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Gwyn

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 22:56
Congratulations to all of you. You must be very proud.
I can understand the silly grin, and I am so glad your father finally received a medal for his bravery.

My father never collected his Burma Star and other medals. He wanted nothing more to do with it all afterwards. Personally it is a regret he felt that way. I am sure his grandchildren and great-grandchildren would have been interested in seeing them and proud of what he did, and went through too. He wouldn't talk about it all, just about the planes he worked on.

Stuey

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 23:06
Da Iawn Howard

That looks like a really nice day and memory for your father and all other family members.

To me this is yet another reminder of how much we all owe every last one of the allies involved in world war two but somehow many choose to forget this all too often

Congratulations to your father

Regards


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davidstorm

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 23:10
Thanks for sharing this with us, it's great to hear a story with a happy ending and also nice to see an MP giving time to things like this, particularly as he must be a very busy MP!

I hope your father is very proud of his medal and I'm sure you are very proud of him.

Regards
David
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johnriley

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 23:15
Really great to see, very best wishes to you all.
Best regards, John

K10D

Link Posted 25/07/2013 - 23:18
Huge respect for your father.
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Gamka

Link Posted 26/07/2013 - 09:07
Having been on the route to Murmansk - in January, I know exactly the type of weather he would have encountered. But without the enemy warships looking for me!

A couple of former colleagues of mine have been presenting a few of the medals too.

Can we see a picture of the remaining medals, maybe with the Arctic Star sitting on the glass too!

HowardJ

Link Posted 26/07/2013 - 10:15
Wow. I'm very touched by all the lovely comments. I'm sure my father would be if I told him, I don't know what his reaction would be if he knew that his photograph was on the internet (he thinks it's full of porn!!!!!).

Gamka wrote:
Having been on the route to Murmansk - in January, I know exactly the type of weather he would have encountered. But without the enemy warships looking for me!

A couple of former colleagues of mine have been presenting a few of the medals too.

Can we see a picture of the remaining medals, maybe with the Arctic Star sitting on the glass too!

I'll see what I can do about the other medals.

Thanks all.

Cheers,

Howard


Cymru Am Byth

Gamka

Link Posted 26/07/2013 - 13:15
HowardJ wrote:
Wow. I'm very touched by all the lovely comments. I'm sure my father would be if I told him, I don't know what his reaction would be if he knew that his photograph was on the internet (he thinks it's full of porn!!!!!).

You can now tell he's a "Porn Star"!

I have finally located some pictures of a trip round North Cape - on one the horizon is at about 40 degrees! When I have found time to scan them, people will see how bad the sea is up there.

davidtrout

Link Posted 28/07/2013 - 13:44
Great piece of family history recorded here Howard - you must be very proud.
David
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