Comment posted 2012 Scottish Islands Peaks Race Oban to Troon – just finished by Hilary Graham.
Thanks for such a really interesting and exciting article. I never knew such a race existed – wonderful!
Recent comments by Hilary Graham
- Keith Brown welcomes constructive talks on medal for Arctic Convoy heroes
Alas, it is already way too late for many, including my own father, who served as a voluntarily signed up sub-lt on the Arctic convoys amongst his service as a Merchant Seaman, but all on Royal Naval Ships from 1942 until 1948, when he was Honorably Discharged. Two of the ships he served on were torpedoed and sunk. To the day he died in 2005 (aged 89), he was very reluctant to talk about any of his war experiences, becoming visibly upset, and admitting to a profound sense of guilt that he was one of the few survivors, and had witnessed the horrific deaths of many of his pals and colleagues. He told me that the convoys he took part in left from ‘the tail o’ the bank’ in Greenock, and headed North to Murmansk, where their supplies were unloaded to go by land the rest of the journey to Archangel.
I really don’t think a medal would have mattered to him one iota, as nothing on earth could take away those dreadful experiences for him, and indeed, perhaps it would only have served as an unpleasant reminder?
Having said that I agree that it defies logic, as to why our Government has chosen not to recognise the remarkable contribution to the war effort that such men made. To say that they were ‘merchant seamen’ as opposed to Royal Navy, is an absolute nonsense, as exemplified by men like my dad, who actually did all his service on Royal naval ships – how can there possibly be any difference in the job done? (I understand the incentive offerred to such young single men signing up, was that they would receive a slightly higher rate of pay, but in return, although the job would be identical, they would not be entiled to any veterans pension. – a fact many such young men did not think through, as having no family / dependents, at the time, never thought to consider the effect on their subsequent lives,/ eventual widows etc.)
- Inaugural Clydelink Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service
Great article. Thanks!
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