Veteran awarded Arctic Star Medal

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A Merchant Navy veteran has received recognition for his efforts in the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War.

Stephen Davison, 88, of Whitley Bay, was awarded the Arctic Star Medal for his bravery in keeping vital supply lines open to Russia between August 1941 and May 1945.

Before Stephen joined the Merchant Navy, he worked for the Norwegian Merchant Navy as a cabin boy at the age of 15.

Born in Ashington, he also helped his father make and lay the concrete block defences at Druridge Bay in south east Northumberland.

Stephen has two daughters, Audrey and Sheila, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Audrey said: “We are extremely proud.

“He is one of those people who has had about nine lives.

“When he was 80 we gave him a watch engraved ‘True Grit’.

“It’s just the sort of man he is.”