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Dunbar war veteran’s fight for comrades

Members of the Russian Arctic Convoy Club celebrated today in the Trade Halls in Glasgow. L to R Bill Bannerman (88) from Cowcaddens , Glasgow and Jock Dempster (84) from Dunbar . With MSP Keith Brown.   Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 15th May 2012

Members of the Russian Arctic Convoy Club celebrated today in the Trade Halls in Glasgow. L to R Bill Bannerman (88) from Cowcaddens , Glasgow and Jock Dempster (84) from Dunbar . With MSP Keith Brown. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 15th May 2012

An Arctic convoy veteran from Dunbar is still fighting to get recognition for his fallen comrades who died in freezing conditions during the Second World War.

Jock Dempster (84), who joined up at 16 after attending a merchant navy training school, is backing calls for the UK Government to honour its pre-election commitment to award Arctic convoy medals and allow those who served in the conflict to receive Russia’s Ushakov medal.

The Arctic convoys sailed from UK, Iceland and North America to Archangel and Murmansk. There were 78 convoys between August 1941 and May 1945.

Some 1,400 merchant ships delivered supplies to the then Soviet Union under the lend-lease programme.

In all, 85 merchant vessels and 16 Royal navy warships were lost – with a cost of 3,000 lives.

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