Dalkeith war hero is finally honoured

Midlothian Lord Lieutenant Patrick Prenter presents the Arctic Russian Convoy Medal to Tom Davidson.

Midlothian Lord Lieutenant Patrick Prenter presents the Arctic Russian Convoy Medal to Tom Davidson.

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A Dalkeith man has been presented with Midlothian’s first Arctic Star medal – more than 70 years after he took part in the dangerous mission.

Tom Davidson (91) received the medal from Lord Lieutenant Patrick Prenter at a special ceremony at Archview Care Home, Dalkeith, last week.

The pensioner, who hails from Wallyford, was 20-year-old when he served on HMS Searcher in the Second World War Arctic convoys – the notoriously perilous task to deliver much-needed supplies to the Soviet Union.

Mr Davidson said: “I was happy to receive the medal but sad that some of my shipmates never made it. It was very cold, wet and a highly dangerous mission, we had to wear heavy arctic gear and the conditions were terrible. But we had a job to do and we just got on with it.”

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