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Manchester war hero to receive Arctic Convoy Medal

Bob Cowan will be recognised with an Arctic Convoy Medal. Photo: ITV Granada

A Second World War hero from Manchester will receive an Arctic Convoy Medal recognising his bravery, the Prime Minister announced today.

93-year-old Bob Cowan will be awarded the medal along with around 400 surviving veterans of the Arctic Convoys to Russia.

It follows a local campaign which was strongly supported by local MP John Leech, who led calls in Parliament for Arctic Convoy veterans like Bob to be recognised for their brave service.

The Atlantic Convoys endured Nazi submarine, ship, and air attacks while shipping vital supplies to the Soviet Union. 3,000 seamen lost their lives but for decades their sacrifices were unrecognised because of protocol.