Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that the Arctic Convoy Veterans of WW2 will begin receiving medals in recognition of their heroism and bravery.
“I'm delighted that having finally made the decision to award the medal, the Government have turned the design and criteria around in rapid time.
"The Arctic Convoy veterans are all heroes in the truest sense of the word. After ten years of campaigning my delight to see justice finally being done is tinged with sadness that so many are no longer alive to receive the medals they richly deserved.”
Falklands' veterans from the south were among 600 former servicemen who saw a new memorial unveiled today at the National Memorial Arboretum. Mike Bowles, chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association, explained what was the inspiration behind it - 30 years after the conflict.
World War Two veterans leave Portsmouth today bound for Russia. They'll board the MV Discovery this afternoon. The veterans were involved in ensuring vital supplies arrived in Russia which helped prevent Leningrad from falling.