About 2 years ago the British Government awarded (belatedly) medals to all who served in those convoys. Sadly, Don Noding who served as a midshipman in theterrible wartime Arctic convoys on HMS Middleton died on April 21, 2014 and his widow, Sue, has just received a medal at the instigation of Vladimir Putin. Some readers will remember Sue as a sales assistant at the much missed Bailey’s stote on the High Street.
The medal is accompanied by a covering letter from the Russian Embassy and also a certificate (in Russian) which states :
Donald Alan Noding – by order of the President of the Russian Federation on 21st December 2013
– has been awarded the anniversary medal “70 years since victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945”