Second Sea Lord leads military tributes to Commander Eddie Grenfell

David Steel
David Steel
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The Second Sea Lord and Chief of Defence Staff have paid tribute to Commander Eddie Grenfell’s valiant battle for recognition for Arctic Convoy veterans.

It comes after the news of Cdr Grenfell’s death this morning.

Vice-Admiral David Steel, the Second Sea Lord, and General Sir David Richards, the Chief of Defence Staff, have now paid tribute to the 93-year-old.

Vice-Adml Steel told The News: ‘I was greatly saddened to hear Cdr Eddie Grenfell has passed away.

‘He fought bravely for our country in the Second World War, especially on the Arctic Convoys, and he fought just as valiantly to gain the recognition for his comrades, who endured the terrible hardships of those convoys, that they so richly deserved.

‘I am thankful that he was able to receive his Arctic Star from the Chief of Defence Staff back in March before his passing.

‘On behalf of the Royal Navy, I would wish to pass my sincere condolences to his family.’

Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards is the UK’s most senior military officer.

He presented Cdr Grenfell with his Arctic Star at a ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall in March this year.

General Sir David Richards said: ‘I was delighted and truly humbled to be able to present Commander Eddie Grenfell with his Arctic medal in Portsmouth in March.

‘Eddie was a young sailor when he endured the hardships of the Arctic convoys which Winston Churchill called “The worst journey in the world.”

‘It is in great part through his tireless efforts that the achievements and endurance of those involved in the convoys have been recognised.’