Denis Cole was living in Gillingham when he was called to serve in the Navy during the Second World War. He trained as a telegraphist and worked overseas on board ship and inshore bases in Durban and Aden. He retells his stories in his memoirs.
New medals and clasps will be given to surviving veterans within fortnight after government bows to years of campaigning Surviving veterans of the Arctic convoys and Bomber Command will receive new medals or clasps within a fortnight following the government’s decision to bow to years of campaigning and properly acknowledge their bravery during the second world war. Up to 250,000 veterans will be eligible for the decorations, but those still living or their widows will receive the awards first, the defence minister Mark Francois will announce on Tuesday