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101-year-old honoured by Russian Government

101-year-old Joe Rawlings, from Carlisle, has been honoured by the Russian Government by being awarded the Ushakov Medal for courage and bravery.

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The camaraderie 'kept us going'

Excerpt from Joe's diary. Credit: ITV Border

A 101-year-old WW2 veteran from Carlisle has said that the camaraderie on board ships kept them going.

Joe Rawlings served as an Air Directions Office on board HMS Activity. Joe was responsible for guiding allied planes as they hunted for German warplanes and U boats, as the Arctic Convoys made their way to the Soviet Union carrying vital supplies and ammunition.

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