War veteran presented medal for role in treacherous convoys
8:20am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in NW
A RUSSIAN convoy veteran has been awarded an Arctic Star medal.
Frank Cox was presented the honour at his Leigh home by MP Andy Burnham in recognition of his service in arctic convoys during the Second World war.
The convoys saw 1400 merchant ships sail from the UK, Iceland and the USA escorted by naval ships to northern ports in the former USSR to deliver vital supplies.
Mr Cox, aged 93, of Endsleigh Gardens, served on several convoys aboard HMS Trinidad and HMS Edinburgh. He served in the Royal Navy between 1937-1950.
Mr Burnham said: “I was delighted to present Mr Cox with his Arctic Star and to learn of his brave service aboard HMS Trinidad and HMS Edinburgh.
“It is a long overdue recognition of his contribution and I know that the town of Leigh will join me in paying tribute to Mr Cox and all those men who served in the convoys who faced treacherous weather conditions as well as attack from the enemy.”
The convoys were described by Churchill as ‘the worst journey in the world’ and played a crucial role in the allies efforts to supply the USSR.
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