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Arctic Convoy medals plea

A pensioner who took part in the treacherous Arctic Convoys during World War Two has spoken for the first time about the need for recognition medals to be handed out sooner rather than later.

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When will Arctic heroes get their medals? Full report

At 86 years old Lawrence Smith has been through a lot and seen a lot. He doesn't want for much - that is except for a medal he's owed before it's too late.

Mr Smith is one of a handfull of surviving veterans who carried out dangerous missions to support the Russian forces in World War Two. These Arctic Convoys claimed 3,000 sailors.

Last week we told you that fellow veteren Eddie Grenfel made a plea from his hospital bed directly to the Prime Minister for the medals.

They will get them say the government - the question is when? Martin Dowse takes up the story.

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