THAME: Medal at last for hero Jack

War veteran Jack Kirtland with his Arctic Star medal

War veteran Jack Kirtland with his Arctic Star medal

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A wartime sailor whose ship was hit by a torpedo killing many people on board has finally received the Russian Arctic Star medal for his bravery.

Jack Kirtland, from Rooks Road, was steering HMS Mounsey in November 1944 as part of his duties in the Navy as a boatswain’s mate when it was hit by a torpedo.

The torpedo hit the ship’s water tanks which exploded, and the huge force threw Mr Kirtland across the deck.

 

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