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War Veteran Finally Set For His Service Medal

Tuesday March 5 2013


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A DETERMINED war veteran from Hoyland has finally been able to apply for a service medal after nearly 60 years of battling for recognition.

Ken Burkinshaw, 89, applied for an Arctic Star medal following a meeting of the West Riding Branch of The Russian Convoy Club.

Ken is chairman of the branch and found out that veterans could apply for the award after years of campaigning.

The Ministry of Defence is producing the medal for the brave seaman who delivered vital supplies to Russia via the Arctic Sea in subzero temperatures during the Second World War.

The medal is also available to relatives of veterans who have died.

"It's sad that there are so many veterans that have died and their widows have died as well," said Ken. "Sixty odd years is a long time but the battle has been worthwhile."

Ken served aboard HMS Sheffield when he was only 16. He completed nine trips to Russia in minus 35-40 degree conditions.

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Reply Posted by Ged on Tuesday March 5 2013 at 16:44
He should get 9 medals, one for each trip

Reply Posted by carl on Saturday March 9 2013 at 17:11
I JUST HOPE HE GETS TO KEEP THE MEDALS SOME VETRANS ARE HAVING TO SELL THEIRS TO PAY BEDROOM TAX ?? FACT

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday March 18 2013 at 16:34
Get your facts right Carl; there is no such thing as a bedroom tax.