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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