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WWII veteran campaign leader first to receive medal

Commander Eddie Grenfell
Commander Eddie Grenfell receives his 'Arctic Star' medal in Portsmouth

The veteran who led the campaign for those involved in the Arctic Convoys to receive the 'Arctic Star medals' has finally received his medal after years of campaigning.

Commander Eddie Grenfell, aged 93, was too ill to travel to a special ceremony at Downing Street where some of his colleagues will receive their wards from the Prime Minister. Commander Grenfell was the first person to receive the medal.

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Veterans at Downing Street for WWII 'Arctic Star' medal

Douglas Turtle
Douglas Turtle is on his way to Downing Street to receive his 'Arctic Star' medal

An Arctic Convoy veteran from the Isle of Wight has begun his journey to London to collect his medal from The Prime Minister at Downing Street. Douglas Turtle was involved in one of World War Two's most dangerous naval missions. He has been invited to a special ceremony by David Cameron.

The award of the Arctic Star and the Bomber Command Clasp follows years of campaigning for proper recognition for armed services personnel from the Arctic Convoys and Bomber Command during the Second World War.

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Inquest of soldier with 'infectious charisma'

Sergeant Luke Taylor, 33, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, 25, of the Adjutant General's Corps, were killed at the entrance to the UK headquarters in Helmand Province in March this year.

Sergeant Luke Taylor
Sergeant Luke Taylor Credit: MoD

Shortly after his death a colleague of Sergeant Luke Taylor said:

"Luke was the kind of guy you wanted next to you - regardless of the situation, he was a cool head and a source of endless banter. I never saw him fazed; he just seemed to "crack on" and many a time dragged those around with him!

"He had one of those infectious charismas, always able to talk himself out of a situation. For me, like so many, Luke was simply an inspiration. Completely dedicated and loyal to his family, you could just feel the warmth when he spoke of them."

A military hero remembered in Gravesend

by Derek Johnson

One of the most famous figures in British military history, Major Charles Gordon (1833 - 1885), has been honoured in the town in Kent where he spent much of his life.

Best remembered as 'Gordon of Khartoum' he moved around frequently, living in Gravesend, Southampton and Chatham.

He was much more than a soldier and become a champion of the poor before he died defending the British Empire overseas. One town in the South owes him a far greater debt than most, as Derek Johnson explains.

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Black soldier to receive Military Cross?

by Sally White

A campaign to give the first black officer ever to serve in the British Army a posthumous military cross is gathering momentum. Walter Tull from Folkestone in Kent served in the first world war and took charge of troops after being sent to the Italian front.

He was recommended for a Military Cross but died in March 1918 without receiving one because of his ethnic background. Now MP's are pressing for him to be awarded one posthumously.

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