Arctic Convoy Memorials

by Frances Casey, Project Manager

Yesterday, veterans of the Arctic Convoy were presented with the newly issued Arctic Star, awarded in recognition of their bravery during the campaign to carry military supplies to Russia during the Second World War. The presentation ceremony took place at the memorial at Loch Ewe in Wester Ross, Scotland, with over 30 of the surviving veterans in attendance. Loch Ewe was the place of departure for many of the ships that took part in what is recognised as one of the most arduous campaigns of the Second World War.

We have recorded 17 memorials which commemorate the Arctic Convoy. These include the ship’s bell from HMS Cassandra, which was presented to the D Day Museum in Portsmouth in 1999. The bell is mounted above a plaque which is inscribed with the names of the 62 crew who died when HMS Cassandra was torpedoed 11th December 1944, shortly after the ship left Murmansk on the return leg of her journey.

The Fleet Air Arm memorial, which is a sculpture of the figure of Daedalus, also commemorates the Arctic Convey and the role the Fleet Air Arm took in supporting Convoy ships, 1941-45. The Arctic Convoy is also commemorated in the Queen Elizabeth High School Book of Remembrance in Hexham, by the Ensign of HMS Bellona and by the Arctic Convoy Stone of Remembrance in Lyness, Orkney, another site of departure for the ships.

Arctic Convoy (44550, ©Russian Convoy Club, 2000)

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Loch Ewe (44550, ©Russian Convoy Club, 2000)

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2 comments
  1. John Ricks said:

    I read with interest your comments about there being over 30 survivors present at the presentation ceremony of the Arctic Star medal.
    My dear Father Mr. Charles Ricks who served on various merchant navy ships in the north atlantic convoys to Murmansk is now 93 and wears his white beret with pride as he sits in his care home.
    How would I be able to apply on his behalf so that he could get one of the medals, Also is there a list of the names of the gallant men who served (And are still alive) so that I could give him the list and maybe he would remember some of his fellow shipmates.
    Many thanks,
    John Ricks

    • ukniwm2 said:

      Eligible veterans and next of kin are encouraged to apply for the Arctic Star by contacting the MOD Medal Office on 08457 800 900 (a local rate number). There is also information about applying on the MOD website at http://www.veterans-uk.info/arctic_star_index.htm

      To find out about whether there is a list of names of those who took part and how to contact surviving veterans, you could contact the proposed Russian Arctic Convoy Museum at info@russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk

      The museum project took part in the recent memorial service and is in contact with a number of the verterans. There is more information about the work of the proposed musuem online at http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/wp/

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