Sutton Coldfield

Arctic Convoy Veteran

The Arctic convoys of World War II sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland, and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union. Merchant ships delivered essential supplies to the Soviet Union, escorted by ships of the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and the U.S. Navy. Eighty-five merchant vessels and 16 Royal Navy warships (two cruisers, six destroyers, eight other escort ships) were lost.

The Arctic Star is a military campaign medal which was instituted by the United Kingdom on 19 December 2012 for award to subjects of the British Commonwealth for service in the Second World War, specifically those who served on the Arctic Convoys north of the Arctic Circle.

Crown Green Bowling stalwart Sid Prince was one such during his service in the Royal Navy; he brought his Arctic Star medal along to show us last year. At the end of 2015 the Russian Federation followed the example of the U.K. with an award of its own – the Ushakov Medal, which Sid has recently received and brought along to show us. Congratulations Sid! We are so glad that you survived and you now have some tangible recognition of your contribution to the allied cause.