– Caroline Dinenage MP, Conservative
“It is entirely right that the case of the Arctic Convoy veterans is reconsidered. These brave men endured dangerous and freezing conditions to keep the supply line with Russia open in WWII, and yet have still not been rewarded with a specific campaign medal. I am delighted that the Government has launched this independent review, to give the veterans’ case a fair hearing and hopefully grant them the medal they so greatly deserve”.
The government has commissioned a new review into the rules surrounding the awarding of military medals. It gives hope to hundreds of veterans from South who may finally be awarded medals for their campaigns in the Arctic during the Second World War. The review will be chaired by Sir John Holmes.
– Sir John Holmes
“I am honoured to have been asked to take on this review and look forward to talking to all interested parties on what are sensitive and important issues.
The government is expected to make an announcement on plans to provide veterans of the arctic conflict during the Second World War a medal. Veterans groups have been campaigning for many years for their actions during the war to recognised.