Russia honours Dalkeith war veteran Tom

Tom receiving his medal
Tom receiving his medal

It’s not everyday that a pensioner from Dalkeith enjoys a shot of vodka with a Russian Consul General and his bodyguards.

But then Tom Davidson (92), a resident at Archview Lodge care home, is no ordinary pensioner.

The former navy man, who hails from Wallyford, was 20 when he served as a flight controller on HMS Searcher in the Second World War Arctic convoys – the notoriously perilous task to deliver supplies to the Soviet Union.

In July last year, Lord Lieutenant for Midlothian Patrick Prenter presented Tom with Midlothian’s first Arctic Star medal during a special ceremony at the care home.

More recently it was the turn of the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Scotland, Andrei Pritsepov, who popped in to pay his respects, awarding Tom the most senior medal in the Russian Army - the Ushakov Medal, and toasting his bravery with a shot of Russian vodka.

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