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Farewell to WWII Arctic Star Commander Eddie Grenfell

by Sally Simmonds

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.

WWII Arctic Convoy hero's funeral has taken place

by Sally Simmonds

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.

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Final farewell to Arctic Convoy hero

Commander Eddie Grenfell
Commander Eddie Grenfell holding the Arctic Star medal he received in February 2013

The funeral is to take place today of Commander Eddie Grenfell from Hampshire.

The retired naval commander died at the age of ninety-three. He fought for years to win recognition for the role he and his comrades played during the Arctic Convoys of World War Two.

Commander Grenfell died last month at his daughter's home in Southsea in Portsmouth.

Another award for Arctic Convoy veteran

Commander Eddie Grenfell
Commander Eddie Grenfell received his Arctic Star medal in February

The World War Two veteran Commander Eddie Grenfell who fought for years for official recognition of those involved in the Arctic Convoys is to be given a Churchill Award. The awards have been introduced to recognise the role over 65s play in our society.

Commander Grenfell's successful campaign saw the ninety-three year old from Southsea in Portsmouth, and many of his colleagues finally receive the Arctic Star medal this year.

MP Hancock joins call for Arctic medals

A retired naval commander, who's spent 15 years trying to get medals for a group of veterans, has begged the Prime Minister from his hospital bed to hand them out before it's too late.

Eddie Grenfel, 93, took part in the trecherous Arctic Convoys to support the Russian forces in World War Two.

More than 3,000 sailors died running a freezing gauntlet of German U-boats to keep Russia supplied.

Mike Hancock, Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South, has written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and the Prime Minister calling for the matter to be treated as a priority. Fred spoke to him earlier.

Cameron urged to act over Arctic Convoy medals

David Cameron announced the decision to award medals

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."

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