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The widow of a WW2 hero finally received his medal last night - three months after he died.
A long-running campaign to award medals to those who served on the Arctic convoys was finally given the go-ahead last year - but Herbert 'Stormy' Lovegrove, from Penarth, died in May, at the age of 91.
Last night his widow said that despite not receiving his medal before he passed away, Stormy had expressed his delight that the role of those who served in the Arctic was finally being recognised.
The son of a World War Two veteran says that service personnel who served on the Arctic Convoys have been let down over the wait for their campaign medals.
The honours are only being given out after a lengthy campaign by the veterans and their relatives.
Herbert William 'Stormy' Lovegrove, from Penarth, passed away just two months before he was due to receive his from Prince Michael.
Today was his funeral. Nicola Hendy reports
- The Ministry of Defence says it has received around 21,000 applications to date, of which more than 3611 are from Arctic Convoy veterans.
- It says applications are being 'fast tracked' if an indication is given that the person is thought to be seriously ill.
`'My father had such an incredible experience out there" says Ross Lovegrove.
"There was an incident where he saved someone's life by diving in. You'd last minutes in the North Sea... my father wouldn't hesitate!"
"The medal was important. To receive [an earlier medal] from the Russians was a wonderful thing."
"But he never got the British one, and I think that's wrong. You can't wait long with old people"
"He was disappointed, because there was no reason for the delay. He deserved that - not more than anybody else - but he deserved that".
Hundreds have attended the funeral of a 91-year-old World War Two veteran who died two months before he was due to be presented with a medal for his service.
Herbert William Lovegrove - known as "Stormy" - took part in nine trips in the Arctic Convoys.
He died in May following a fall.