Eddie’s campaign is still rewarding convoy veterans

CAMPAIGNER Ministry of Defence of Commodore Mike Wareham with Tom Burke
CAMPAIGNER Ministry of Defence of Commodore Mike Wareham with Tom Burke

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A CAMPAIGN fought and won by the late Eddie Grenfell to see veterans of the Second World War Arctic Convoys receive medals for their efforts is still rewarding those who took part.

Tom Burke, 92, was 24 when he served with merchant tanker San Venancio on its hazardous journey to deliver supplies to the Soviet Union in 1945.

Mr Burke, who lives in a nursing home in Scotland, has been awarded the Arctic Star medal in recognition of the part he played in assisting Britain’s ally.

Cdr Grenfell, who lived in Portsmouth, campaigned for 16 years to have the medal struck.

Mr Burke was presented with his medal by Commodore Mike Wareham, Naval Base Commander Clyde.

He said: ‘Tom and the brave men he served with during the Arctic Convoys are genuine heroes.

‘It was their outstanding bravery and sacrifice which ensured that the Soviet Union could fight on and which cemented the links which held the Allies together, leading to eventual victory.’