Arctic Star medal awarded to Tweed war veteran
NEVILLE Tudehope is one of 200 surviving veterans who manned the Arctic convoys during the Second World War.
Last week, 70 years after his Navy service, Mr Tudehope received an Arctic Star medal at a special presentation by Mr Joe Russell, president of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta RSL sub branch.
"I feel really special, very chuffed, like I'm the centre of attention," Mr Tudehope said.
Mr Tudehope enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy in 1940.
Early in 1941 he left Australia on route to the United Kingdom, not returning to these shores until 1946.
During that time he was on loan to the Royal Navy.
The convoys Mr Tudehope was involved with 70 years ago travelled from Britain to the North Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel, with the aim of aiding Russian allies.
Merchant ships with supplies and ammunition were escorted by the British Royal Naval ships and aircraft carriers.
These supplies were vital to the war effort as German forces had Russia completely blockaded.
During these convoys three thousand men died, one hundred and four merchant vessels were lost and 16 warships sunk.
"I made good friend during the war, but at time's it was very perilous," Mr Tudehope said.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once called the convoys "The worst journey in the world."