St Cyrus war veteran’s service recognised

Christine Murray pictured with The Artic Star medal her husband George has been awarded posthumously. Photo by Andy Thompson Photography.
Christine Murray pictured with The Artic Star medal her husband George has been awarded posthumously. Photo by Andy Thompson Photography.

A war veteran who died two years ago has post-humously been awarded a medal for his service in the Arctic during the Second World War.

George Murray, from St Cyrus, served as part of the Merchant Navy on the Arctic convoys which sailed from the UK, America and Iceland to northern ports in the Soviet Union.

Mr Murray, who died in 2011 of prostate cancer at the age of 83, has been awarded the Arctic Star.

The medal is given to members of the armed forces and Merchant Navy who have served in the Arctic Circle, but it primarily recognises the service of those who were on the Arctic convoys.

Mr Murray’s wife, Christine (82), said: “I’m very proud of George. I feel sad that he is not here to receive the award.”

Mr Murray was taken into hospital in Aberdeen on his 53rd wedding anniversary.

Mrs Murray added that her son, Lindsay, applied for the Arctic Star medal for his father before Mr Murray was taken ill.

She said: “This has been going on for ages. It has taken a long time to get the medal.

“George was 16 when he went into the Merchant Navy. He didn’t speak much of his time during the war.”

Mrs Murray said her husband was posted in Murmansk, as well as other parts of Russia.

She added: “Churchill said the Arctic convoys were the most dangerous service in the war. It was hard, they were freezing and starving.”