February 2, 2020
The Cramlington Branch of the Royal British Legion are trying to find Russian Arctic Convoy Veterans who served in WWII to inform them of a forthcoming anniversary event.
If you are aware of any veterans who’d like to take part please do share the information below with them.
At 11:00 on Saturday 16th May 2020 we will be holding a 75th Anniversary Memorial Event to mark the end of the Russian Arctic convoys and World War II. This will be held at Inverasdale by the shores of Loch Ewe, Wester Ross, Scotland.
Our special guest will be Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. She will be joined by Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls representing those nations whose nationals served on the Russian Arctic convoys together with representatives from our own armed forces.
Funding For Veterans and Carers
We have funding to cover the veterans’ transport to Loch Ewe, even if that means specialist transport, including two carers (which can be relatives), accommodation for two nights in a good local hotel and any other requests for consideration. After the memorial service, veterans and their carers will be invited to join us at a reception with refreshments.
You’re Welcome To Join Us
Your association is also welcome to attend including standard bearers, as are any families of veterans who are unable to attend or who are sadly no longer with us.
About The Russian Arctic Convoys
During World War II our brave Royal Navy and Merchant Mariners served on the Russian Arctic convoys sailing from Loch Ewe in Scotland to the Arctic ports of Murmansk and Archangel in northern Russia. They provided Russia with much-needed materials and armaments to help them continue the fight against the Germans on the Eastern Front, providing the Allies with the opportunity to launch D-Day.
If the terrible seas and ice were not threatening the convoys, it was the constant attacks from German aircraft and submarines that were.
In total, 104 Allied merchant ships were sunk with the Arctic convoys, along with 18 warships; 829 merchant mariners and 1,944 navy personnel were killed aboard them. Russia lost 30 merchant ships and an unknown number of personnel.
To find out more and register please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/