Ken, 91, honoured for war ‘heroism’

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A Royal Navy veteran has been honoured for his heroism during World War Two.

Ken Burkinshaw, of Hoyland in Barnsley, was only 16 when he served on HMS Sheffield.

He completed nine trips to Russia in minus temperatures as low as 35-40 degrees to deliver vital supplies as part of the Arctic Convoys .

The convoys travelled from Britain to northern Russia to resupply the Soviet Union while under constant threat of attack by German U-boats and aircraft.

More than 3,000 men died during the maritime campaign.

Now aged 91, Ken has been awarded with the Ushakov Medal from The Russian Government

It is awarded to sailors who have displayed courage in the course of defending Russia or its interests.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher congratulated Ken, the president of his district’s branch of the Royal British Legion.

Mr Dugher said: “Ken is one of only a handful of our brave Arctic Convoy veterans left and it was a great pleasure to congratulate and pay tribute to his heroism and service.

“Everyone in Barnsley is incredibly proud of Ken. It is nothing less than deserved that his service and sacrifice has finally been honoured with the award of the Ushakov medal.”