Recognition at last for Arctic Convoy veteran

Bob Usher
Bob Usher

More than 70 years after serving in freezing cold conditions, a former Royal Marine has finally been recognised for his work to protect the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War.

Bob Usher, 92, of Rosewood Court in Wellingborough, recently received an Arctic Star medal in recognition of his contribution to ensuring supplies arrived in the Soviet Union.

Wellingborough, war medal: Bob Usher.'17/06/13

Wellingborough, war medal: Bob Usher.'17/06/13

Those who took part in and protected the maritime missions battled storms, bombers and U-boats to ferry war supplies.

Mr Usher said: “I was based in Iceland for about nine months.

“We used to go out on patrol in Greenland and Spitsbergen.

“We were not in the actual convoy, we were protecting them.

“We would come under attack from the Germans, they didn’t want the Russians to receive any supplies.

“I am pleased to have received the medal. I’m glad everyone is being recognised.”

After the war, he married Joan in 1947.

Mrs Usher wrote to the Ministry of Defence to request her husband receive the medal.

She received no response until it came last week.