Roy Elwood wearing his Arctic Star medal in Remembrance Day wreath-laying

Roy Elwood with Arctic Star medal at Whickham Remembrance Day

Roy Elwood is am exhibited photographer and a former member of the crew of the destroyer HMS Zambesi on Arctic Convoy escort duty.

He did his torpedo training in Loch Long, he has written for us several times on his naval experiences and he was and one of the star speakers at the 2013 week of events at Loch Ewe in Wester Ross organised by the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum at Aultbea.

He was also on Zambesi, which led the way on the successful evacuation of the Norwegian island of Soroy, successfully to evacuate the residents who were captives of an invading German force. and who were starving.

This programme was designed to reveal more about the experiences and to commemorate the achievements of the Arctic Convoys. It also saw a special award ceremony with the Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Ministers from the Westminster and Scottish Governments and Rear Admiral CJ Hockley presenting the new Arctic Star medal to the assembled veterans.

Some were in the march past at Sunday’s service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, wearing their Arctic Stars, presented 70 years late, for the first time ever at this national tribute.

Roy Elwood was at the Remembrance Day Parade in Whickham, a few miles south of Newcastle on Tyne, to lay the wreath for the local Whickham WEA group.

The Arctic Star Medal he earned in Zambesi is the middle one of the row of medals he is wearing.

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