War veteran honoured at event

Arctic Convoy hero Glanville Hart is to attend a reunion and memorial service in Scotland for verterans.
Arctic Convoy hero Glanville Hart is to attend a reunion and memorial service in Scotland for verterans.
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A pensioner from Guilsborough is one of just 40 World War Two heroes who was honoured at a memorial service in Scotland.

On Wednesday May 8 Glanville Hart, 90, an Arctic Convoy veteran, went to the reunion and memorial service being held at Loch Ewe, 70 years after trawlers left the Scottish Highlands bound for Russia.

During the three-day reunion the 40 veterans will attend a medal ceremony where they will be officially presented with their Arctic Star Medals.

Mr Hart, who signed up as a signalman in the Royal Navy, was one of the brave sailors who set off from Scotland to make the treacherous journey across the Arctic to deliver vital supplies to Russia.

Indeed, Mr Hart’s amazing war story saw his ship, the HMS Edinburgh, sunk by a German U-Boat in 1942 as it returned to the UK carrying gold. Stranded in Russia for three months, Mr Hart and his comrades then had to wait in Russia to eventually hitch a lift from a trawler after weeks of living off chicken slops eating them with a wooden spoon. He was dropped off in Iceland, before he was then able to hitch a ride home.

Mr Hart has already been sent his Arctic Star Medal in the post, but will be formally presented with it this week.

The event has been organised by the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project.

Project chairman, Francis Russell, said: “We are honouring all the convoy veterans and this will be a unique addition for us all, for the Veterans to receive their medals officially and for all of us to witness such a well deserved, long awaited and memorable occasion. It is of special significance that this is happening on the shores of Loch Ewe, where many of the Veterans began their journeys to Russia.”