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Farewell to WWII Arctic Star Commander Eddie Grenfell

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

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 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 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.