Mexborough war hero receives medal

Frank Garbutt, of Mexborough, has finally received his Artic Star medal. Picture: Marie Caley S0705MC

Frank Garbutt, of Mexborough, has finally received his Artic Star medal. Picture: Marie Caley S0705MC

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World War Two veteran Frank Garbutt has finally been presented with his medal for services during the Arctic Convoys.

The 89-year-old, of Coronation Court, Mexborough, was presented with the Arctic Star medal by Labour Leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband at a ceremony on Friday.

He won the medal for his role on ships which transported supplies to the Soviet Union following the Nazi invasion during the Second World War.

The Government finally issued medals this year to men who manned the ships after decades of delays during the Cold War years.

He received the Arctic Star in the post a few weeks ago but was given a full ceremonial presentation at Mexborough Resource Centre.

Mr Miliband said: “Mr Garbutt risked his life to help supply one of Britain’s wartime allies. Ultimately his actions – and those of his many comrades – helped defeat the Nazi regime and liberate millions of people across Europe. He is a war hero.”