Arctic veteran honoured

The widow of WW2 hero Herbert 'Stormy' Lovegrove from Penarth finally received his medals last night - three months after he died.

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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


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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