After years of campaigning for recognition of the Arctic Convoys role during World War Two, the remaining veterans finally achieved what that they had hoped for. A specific campaign star that they could wear in honour of all those they served alongside who never made it home.
ALEX ALEXANDER, ONE OF THOUSANDS OF ARCTIC CONVOY VETERANS WHO DIED BEFORE THE MEDAL BECAME AVAILABLE. HE WAS ABOARD HMS SHEFFIELD, AT THE SINKING OF SCHARNHORST ON BOXING DAY 1943.
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The convoys were perilous; in terrible storms, blizzards and under constant threat of attack from air and U-boats they delivered vital supplies of cargo such as aviation fuel to Russia.
Her Majesty the Queen approved the medal design after being presented it by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee.
The medal became available on the 26th February 2013.
To qualify - “service of any length” to any member of the three services and Merchant Navy that served north of Arctic Circle during World War II.
As well as surviving veterans, next of kin can also apply for the medal.
for further details.
MOD Medal Office on 08457 800 900 (a local rate number)
or write to: The Arctic Star, MOD Medal Office, Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucester, GL3 1HW.