War medal claim campaign renewed by MP

S13391599x Peggy Weeks with the Arctic Star Medal
S13391599x Peggy Weeks with the Arctic Star Medal

AN MP has made a renewed call to war veterans who served on the Arctic convoys to come forward to claim their long-awaited medals.

Thousands of servicemen served in the convoys, which played a vital role in the fight against the Germans in the Second World War.

But the convoys were never officially recognised by the Government until recently.

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton presented several constituents with Arctic Star Medals last year. These included Steyning pensioner Peggy Weeks, who received the medal on his behalf of her late husband Arthur Weeks. He had carried supplies to Russian ports in the Arctic Circle.

Mr Loughton now wants more to come forward to make their claim.

He said: “The awards ceremony we arranged last year was a great success and was enjoyed by everyone.

“It was an official recognition of those who played a remarkable role in protecting our country during the Second World War aboard the Arctic convoys and I am calling for others who have not applied for a medal, and are entitled, to come forward so we can recognise their service as well.”

Mr Loughton can be contacted on 0207 219 4471 or by emailing loughtont@parliament.uk

Information and an application form for the awards can be found on the www.veterans-uk.info, or by phoning 08457 800 900.