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Amersham Second World War veteran receives rare honour from Vladimir Putin

PUBLISHED: 16:09 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:09 24 November 2014

Arthur at the Russian Embassy with a Russian Navy Officer

Arthur at the Russian Embassy with a Russian Navy Officer

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Second World War veteran Arthur Hodkinson, 94, has been on a trip from his Amersham home to the Russian Embassy to receive a rare honour, awarded by President Vladimir Putin.

Arthur, who lives at Rayners (Extra Care) Home, received the prestigious Ushakov Medal from the Russian Ambassador to the UK. Just 19 when war broke out, he was posted on Royal Navy frigates escorting merchant ship convoys and destroying German U-boats.

He was on the notorious Arctic convoys helping to break the German blockage of Russia, working in sub-zero temperatures. One of the most dangerous missions that British sailors ever embarked upon, it was described by Churchill as ‘the worst journey in the world’.

Chris Matthews, managing director of Rayners (Extra Care) Home, says: “It was great to see Arthur awarded this medal. He was involved in one of the most important and gruelling missions during World War Two and we are truly delighted that he is being recognised for his achievements. We are all very proud of his achievement and the residents and staff celebrated with him over a glass of champagne on his return from the Russian Embassy.”

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