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Widow of WW2 veteran accepts Arctic Star medal

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.

Funeral of WWII Arctic Convoy hero 'Stormy' Lovegrove

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

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Ministry of Defence: 'huge' number of applications for Arctic Star medal

The recently launched Arctic Star and Bomber Command clasp have had a huge response from veterans and their families across the country.

Our priority is to ensure that veterans get the recognition they deserve and we are working extremely hard to process these applications as quickly as possible.

– MOD spokesperson
  • 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.

Son of Stormy Lovegrove worries about WWII veterans' medal wait

`'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".

Funeral of Arctic WWII veteran 'Stormy' Lovegrove held in Penarth

Stormy Lovegrove's wife Mary will now accept his medal in August

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.

Today's funeral included naval honours
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David Cameron pays tribute to Arctic 'heroes'

David Cameron today visited HMS Belfast with three Arctic Convoy veterans.

They gave him a tour around the vessel, showing him where ice was cleared from the deck in perilous circumstances.

David Cameron meeting with veterans Credit: ITV News

Mr Cameron said: "They are heroes and I think it's just so right that we are honouring them today for their incredible service 70 years ago, and I'm really proud as Prime Minister to have set up that review, to make that decision and to get them that medal they so richly deserve.

David Cameron meeting with veterans Credit: ITV News

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Veterans to receive bravery medals

The medals will be presented at a ceremony in Downing Street Credit: ITV News

Three Welshmen are among 65 Arctic Convoy and Bomber Command veterans set to be presented with medals to mark their service today.

Terrence Collelly and Oliver Lindsay, both from Cardiff, and James Row, from Bridgend, will receive their medals from Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street.

The Ministry of Defence says that to a quarter of a million veterans and the families of those who have died could be eligible to receive the new awards in recognition of their unique contribution protecting Britain during World War Two.

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Arctic heroes: What did they do?

Today the first Arctic Star medals and Bomber Command Clasps will be presented to veterans by the Prime Minister.

  • Veterans undertook what was dubbed "the worst journey in the world", delivering supplies to Russia
  • More than 3,000 seamen died on the journey, which made sure Germany had to fight a war on two fronts
  • The seamen delivered ships which carried crucial supplies, including 13,000 tanks, 22,000 aircraft and 417,000 motor vehicles
  • Some 58 of the 811 merchant ships involved were sunk by German U-boats, battleships and Luftwaffe bombers
  • With freezing temperatures of minus 20 degrees, anyone who fell into the water died within three minutes
  • The men covered a 1,500 to 2,000-mile run across the North and Barents Seas, one of the deadliest convoy routes during the war
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