Buxton war vet to be honoured with medal

WW2 convoy veteran Sam Pearson is delighted with his invitation to a Russian medal ceremony
WW2 convoy veteran Sam Pearson is delighted with his invitation to a Russian medal ceremony

A Buxton World War II veteran will be honoured with a Russian medal later this month in recognition of crossing the Arctic Ocean to help deliver essential supplies.

While serving in the Royal Navy, shipmate Sam Pearson braved the icy waters, sailing in convoy with hundreds of merchant ships to the northern ports of the Soviet Union.

He told the Advertiser, at the time Churchill referred to the perilous polar trip as the “journey to hell”.

Seventy years after the end of the war, the 93-year-old, of Birch Close, received a letter from the Russian Embassy inviting him to Manchester Town Hall for the presentation of his latest accolade.

The former signalman, a member of the Buxton and High Peak Naval Association, described the news as “marvellous”.

He added: “It’s amazing how long I’ve been waiting for this now.”

In June last year, the war hero was presented with a medal by the Princess Royal at a ceremony in Liverpool commemorating the few survivors of the Battle of the Atlantic.

Sam is also the proud bearer of an Arctic Star for his bravery.

He will join the Buxton branch of seamen to celebrate the annual Battle of Trafalgar on October 19 with a church service at Buxton Methodist Church, on Chapel Street, followed by the Trafalgar Lunch at the Alison Park Hotel, on Temple Road.