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Harold Hill couple searching for WW2 veteran after Russian government send medal to wrong address

PUBLISHED: 16:02 24 July 2015

Maria Rackley and partner Jack Quaife received a jiffy bag in the post that contained a VE medal for a man named Arthur Richard Beach for serving on the Arctic Convoys

Maria Rackley and partner Jack Quaife received a jiffy bag in the post that contained a VE medal for a man named Arthur Richard Beach for serving on the Arctic Convoys

Archant

A young couple are desperate to track down a Second World War veteran after his commemorative anniversary medal from the Russian government was sent to their address.

The certificate was written in Russian but a translation was also enclosedThe certificate was written in Russian but a translation was also enclosed

Storage company worker Maria Rackley, 23, was shocked when opening a delivery yesterday to discover a medal and certificate intended for Arthur Richard Beach, who served on the Arctic Convoys.

Her boyfriend Jack Quaife – an ex-army man – knew what it was straight away, and the pair are now desperate to return it to Mr Beach.

The couple are desperate to get the medal back to Mr Beach or his familyThe couple are desperate to get the medal back to Mr Beach or his family

“He must be a previous tenant here,” said Maria, of Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill. “I don’t know if he is still alive or where he may be but I really want this medal to either get back to him or his family.

“It’s a very rare medal to get and he earned it.”

The Russian Government is sending out the medals to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World WarThe Russian Government is sending out the medals to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

The convoys delivered supplies to the Russians on the most direct route and were described by Winston Churchill as “the worst journey in the world”.

Between August 1941 and 1945, 78 convoys travelled to Russia.

This letter was also attachedThis letter was also attached

The Russian Embassy are currently delivering the medals across the UK to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

A note that came with the certificate reads: “I am very pleased to enclose the Commemorative Medal and Certificate issued by the Russian Authorities to mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War.”

Another enclosed letter hails the veterans for their “extraordinary” feat.

It reads: “Thousands of Allied seamen lost their lives as the British ships sailed in the unwelcoming, stormy waters of the Arctic ocean under a constant threat of being attacked by Germany U-boats and aircraft.

“Your heroism will always be remembered in Russia and Britain. Your deeds will continue to serve as the supreme expression of bravery and a high point in human spirit.”

Do you know Arthur Richard Beach or his family? Contact Sam on 020 8477 3810 or email sam.gelder@archant.co.uk.


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