Let’s give Arctic hero Eddie the send-off he deserves at funeral

HONOUR Cdr Eddie Grenfell last December after hearing Arctic veterans had won the fight for a medal.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124116-1)
HONOUR Cdr Eddie Grenfell last December after hearing Arctic veterans had won the fight for a medal. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124116-1)
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ARCTIC Convoy veteran Eddie Grenfell will be laid to rest next week, and his family are calling on colleagues and supporters to help give him a huge send-off.

The 93-year-old died last week at his daughter’s Southsea home after suffering from problems with his heart.

His death came less than 24 hours after colleagues of his from the Arctic Convoys received their Arctic Star medals in a ceremony in Portsmouth.

The retired navy commander had strived for almost two decades to get recognition for their courage and sacrifice in the Second World War.

His family have now arranged a funeral to take place on Thursday at Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral.

Eddie’s daughter, Trudie Grenfell, of Southsea, said: ‘I really hope people will come and give him the huge send-off he deserves.

‘He will be very sorely missed by everyone who knew him and it would be nice for them to say goodbye.

‘I know he’ll be watching.

‘Anyone who would like to send flowers or donations can do, and the donations will go The Rowans Hospice, because they helped me care for him before he died.’

Eddie won his last battle earlier this month when the government announced that veterans of the Arctic Convoys who risked their lives to get supplies to Russia in the Second World War would finally been allowed to wear a medal of valour.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also made a U-turn over the Ushakov medal, which a grateful Russian nation wanted to award the veterans in May last year.

In May this year, Eddie was honoured for his unwavering efforts to secure fellow veterans a medal when he was awarded the inaugural Churchill Award for Contribution to Charity and a civic award from the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

His funeral takes place at the 
cathedral on Thursday from 11am until 12pm.

Afterwards there will be a wake at The Dolphin pub in Old Portsmouth.

Anyone who would like to send flowers or donations can send them to the Co-operative Funeral Directors at 131 Eastney Road, Eastney, PO4 8DZ.