Recognition for Arctic veteran

Presentation of Arctic Star medal to Percy Bidwell at Lewin House Care Home in Aylesbury - pictured is the Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher presenting the medal with Percy's son Percy Bidwell junior
Presentation of Arctic Star medal to Percy Bidwell at Lewin House Care Home in Aylesbury - pictured is the Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher presenting the medal with Percy's son Percy Bidwell junior
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A World War II Arctic convoys veteran has been recognised for his services.

Nearly 70 years after the war ended Lewin House Care Home resident Percy Bidwell has been awarded the Arctic Star in recognition of his bravery.

Mr Bidwell was one of 66,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Navy seamen deployed on the Convoys during the war, which delivered supplies to the northern ports of the Soviet Union.

The route, through the Arctic Circle, was dangerous due to the proximity of the German air, submarine and surface forces and because of the likelihood of severe weather.

Mr Bidwell served in the British Royal Navy between 1936 and 1959 serving as a chief petty officer and remained proud that his annual progress report was always rated ‘excellent’.

He was also chairman of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and was the only person ever to be re-elected to the role twice.

The medal is being awarded retrospectively and was given approval by the Queen at the end of 2012.

It is a bronze six pointed star suspended by a ribbon with colours representing the three Armed Forces.