AWARD OF THE LONG AWAITED USHAKOV MEDAL FOR THE ARCTIC CONVOYS

13th October 2014

In a Manchester Town Hall ceremony Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko paid tribute to the crews who were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to shorten the war was 70 years ago.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Susan Cooley warmly wecomed the 73 veterans and members of their families and several organizations from the Manchester area.



In the Great Hall Manchester

events_99_1216493044
Presentation of the medals

Campaigning veteran Herbert Mac Neill has consistantly criticised the government for lack of recognition for The Arctic Convoy Servicement.
The 88 year old veteran was devastated to find that he would miss out of the ceremony as he finished up in hospital after a fall.

However a special delegation from the Russian Embassy including The Amassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko cut short the ceremony to visit Herbert at The North Manchester Hospital for a private ceremony.

events_99_107558507
Herbert Mac Neill arctic convoy Veteran.

Sadly Herbert passed away less than a week after being presented with The Ushakov medal by Russian officials.

events_96_919214678

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.