He was but a lad when he left Sheffield’s Norfolk Park to help the Second World War effort – and 70 years on a veteran is being honoured for his service.
Richard Bough signed up to the Royal Navy in 1941, spending three years on the dangerous Arctic Convoys missions.
The 91-year-old endured tough conditions in the engine room of HMS Belfast, one of the ships used to transport supplies to the Soviet Union.
And after a successful campaign he and his fellow mission-mates have been awarded an Arctic Star to commemorate their contribution.
Richard, of Gleadless, said: “I applied for it about six months ago and somebody from the Home Office got in touch.
“It’s nice to get the recognition now, I think there can’t be many my age left.”
The Arctic Convoys were deployed when Germany attacked Soviet Russia and leader Stalin, demanded help from western Allies. The most direct route was by sea, around northern Norway to the Soviet ports of Murmansk and Archangel.
Many of the convoys were attacked by German submarines, aircrafts and warships. The loss rate for ships was higher than any other allied convoy route.
Richard was deployed to another ship in 1944, but the memories of his time are still fresh.
He said: “In the engine room you didn’t see what went on above, but you saw plenty of what happened below the sea.
“Merchant ships had been set on fire, nowhere was occupied then, so it was pretty hairy on the first leg and it didn’t get any better.”
The veteran was recently diagnosed with cancer and a course of chemotherapy treatment prevented him from attending a special reception at the Russian Embassy in London.
His medal has been safely delivered to his Sheffield home, where it will take pride of place.
Richard said: “I was too ill to go down. It would have been nice but I’ve got it here at home. I’ve got my star now.”