Leader of the fight for Arctic Convoy medals is taken ill

Commander Eddie Grenfell at The Royal Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112873-1863)
Commander Eddie Grenfell at The Royal Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112873-1863)

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ARCTIC Convoy veteran Commander Eddie Grenfell has been admitted to hospital after suffering problems with his heart.

The health scare comes barely a month after the 93-year-old won a prolonged battle for an Arctic Medal.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, on Wednesday after suffering heart troubles.

Doctors released the 93-year-old on Thursday, but he was taken back on Friday after losing consciousness at his Portsea home.

Cdr Grenfell was previously hospitalised in March last year after having a heart attack.

Trudie Grenfell is his daughter. The 64-year-old, from Southsea, said: ‘He’s very poorly at the moment.

‘The problem is his heart rate is going too fast.

‘We don’t know what’s going to happen.’

The government announced in December last year the men who took part in the convoys would finally be awarded a campaign medal.

It was a relief to campaigners, backed by The News, who had been fighting for a medal since the mid-1990s.

Trudie said her father has now come up with the idea of the Arctic Medals being given out in two stages.

Firstly, for the surviving veterans who have been waiting for decades to be honoured.

And secondly for the families of those who died before the announcement was made.

It means the surviving elderly veterans stand a better chance of receiving the award before it is too late.

‘Dad fought not just for the veterans but also for the families of those who have already gone,’ Trudie added.

‘It would be a good idea if they could hurry this up for the ones who are still alive and do it in two stages.

‘If they don’t hurry up they will all be gone.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt says she has met the Prime Minister to discuss the medals and will have further meetings with other officials this week.

She said rumours it would take months for veterans to apply for the medals were untrue.

‘The Prime Minister has thrown his full weight behind it and it’s full steam ahead,’ she said.