Arctic Convoys veteran waits for his medal

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THE family of an Arctic Convoy veteran still waiting to get his medal fear time is fast running out.

Julia Allen thought her 92-year-old father George Shreeve would finally get his Arctic Star medal after sending an online application to the Ministry of Defence.

FRAIL Arctic Convoys veteran George Shreeve and his partner Joy Parsons, with the medals he has received for his war service. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131101-679)

FRAIL Arctic Convoys veteran George Shreeve and his partner Joy Parsons, with the medals he has received for his war service. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131101-679)

But Ms Allen hasn’t heard anything since receiving a letter to say her online form, which she sent on Thursday, March 21, had come through.

Now she fears that her father, who lives in Haslemere Road, Southsea, could take a turn for the worse if things don’t get sorted soon.

Ms Allen, who lives in Surrey, and visits Mr Shreeve as often as she can, said: ‘If he didn’t have the support he has then he would be in a care home.

‘He could drop dead tomorrow – he’s 92. It’s not good.

‘It’s such a shame. He keeps asking me what’s happened to his medal.’

As previously reported, Commander Eddie Grenfell was presented with a medal at Portsmouth Guildhall on Tuesday, March 19, and others were given theirs in London on the same day.

Ms Allen, 56, said: ‘He was really disappointed that he wasn’t invited to the medal ceremony in London.’

Mr Shreeve, who joined the Royal Navy when he was 16, spent three years being part of the convoys ordered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the Second World War to supply the Soviet Union on the eastern front to keep fighting the Nazis.

He served onboard HMS Kent and HMS Shropshire.

Mr Shreeve has already received The Arctic Emblem, a badge which recognises his efforts.

Describing the conditions he faced during the gruelling convoy missions, he said: ‘It was very cold.

‘I was one of the first ones who started.

‘We didn’t have warm clothing. All you had were your overalls.

‘That was a long, long time ago.’

Mr Shreeve’s partner of 20 years, Joy Parsons, 90, who lives in Victoria Road North, Southsea, said: ‘I can’t understand why he still doesn’t have a medal.

‘It’s terrible really. It shouldn’t have taken this long.

‘Some veterans have had their medals already and some haven’t. It’s all a bit airy fairy.’

The MoD is still getting through applications and medals should start going out in the next few weeks.

An MoD spokeswoman said: ‘Veterans should be receiving their medals in the next few weeks.

‘We have rushed this through to make sure all veterans and widowers of veterans get priority in getting medals.’


ARCTIC Convoy veterans who haven’t been presented with medals will get the recognition they deserve on Armed Forces Day.

Portsmouth City Council plans to hold a Arctic Star presentation ceremony on Saturday, June 29.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We want to do it on Armed Forces Day because it’s a national day for everyone to remember our veterans and their medals and we want to show how much we value them. It (the day) will be much bigger than before.’