Friends and family gathered today for the funeral of a war veteran - described by the Prime Minister as a hero. Commander Eddie Grenfell - who was 93 - lobbied tirelessly for a medal to honour his comrades who kept suppies going to Russia during the Second World War.
The Government finally backed down and agreed to acknowledge the Arctic Convoy veterans last year and in March Commander Grenfell was presented with the medal he'd waited 70 years for. Sally Simmonds reports.
The funeral has taken place of an Arctic Convoy veteran who played a key part in gaining recognition for the sacrifices made by his comrades. Commander Eddie Grenfell had long campaiged for a medal to honour those who kept supplies going to Russia during the Second World War.
The 93-year-old died just a few months after receiving his own Arctic Star medal. Sally Simmonds reports.
The Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, has urged the government not to delay in awarding medals to veterans of the Second World War Arctic convoys.
He said: "I am very conscious that the veterans who will receive these medals are becoming increasingly old. It is now 73 years since the convoys. Please treat this matter with the greatest of urgency."