Arctic Star for Long Melford veteran

AT LAST: Len Backhouse, ex-sailor on the wartime Arctic convoys, has just received his Arctic Star medal, after a long campaign for recognition.
AT LAST: Len Backhouse, ex-sailor on the wartime Arctic convoys, has just received his Arctic Star medal, after a long campaign for recognition.
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Wartime seaman Len Backhouse who braved appalling conditions on one of the most dangerous missions of the Second World War has been awarded a special medal 70 years later.

This week Len, 92, spoke of his pride at receiving the long-awaited Arctic Star.

The medal is being awarded to veterans of the perilous Arctic convoys following a long campaign for recognition.

Len, from Long Melford, is one of only around 200 surviving ex-sailors who served in the convoys ferrying supplies from the UK to Russia.

He was a cook aboard a warship escorting vulnerable merchant vessels on what Winston Churchill called “the worst journey in the world”.

See Thursday’s Free Press for full story.