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Newsletter 14 – Winter 2018

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newsletter 14

Newsletter 14 – Winter/December 2018

With; Remembrance Nov 2018 (HMS Unicorn, Veteran Jimmy Baynes at Surbiton), Dec 1943 – Battle of North Cape/Scharnhorst 75th anniversary, Veterans Peter Halstead & Peter Harness, Geoffrey Galley (feature), Murray Haddow, Philip James Richardson (PQ18), HMS Belfast trip with Eddie, Barney, Albert & Jim, Rededication W T Fitzgerald with Jimmy Baynes, Ned Ruffle’s Birthday! March of The Immortals (Russia 2018) and A Happy Christmas from The McAndrews Sisters & 1940’s style.. and Salty the Ships Cat!

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Russian Arctic Convoys Club 21st Century (Club21)

Newsletter 13 – Autumn 2018

newsletter 13

Newsletter 13 – Autumn 2018

Featuring; “Brotherhood of Allied convoys” Iceland Conference, Veteran Jimmy Baynes at Trinity Memorial, Happy Birthday to; Jimmy Baynes, Murray Haddow & Jack Tinnell, Veteran Ronald Round, Veteran Peter Harness, Salty The Ships cat “Colder…” and In Loving Memory; Thomas Lennie

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Newsletter 12 – Summer 2018

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Newsletter 12 – Summer 2018

Featuring Veteran; Murray (& Fiona) Haddow – a painting for Russia, Victory Day (Russia & world) and Immortal Regiment, Memorials at Dundee & Errol, Russia Day, Edinburgh, facebook posts; Veteran John Cruickshank (RAF) & VE Day 1945 and Salty The Ships cat “Upside Down” and In Loving Memory; Geoffrey Shelton

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Russia Day 2018

Russia Day 2018 David Craig

The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh held their annual Russia Day and we were delighted to take part. Anna (chair) and Callum (vice-chair) attended and met up with Veterans, families & friends in celebration of ‘Russia Day’.

Many thanks to Andrey A Pritsepov (Consul General), Alexandra Pritsepov, Alexei G Kulakov (Senior Counsellor), Anastasia S Iliinskaya (Vice-Consul), Maxim A Gurov (Attache) and all the staff who organised the music, which was very enjoyable, entertainment and all.

Veteran David Craig gave a speech and the Veterans had a great time and had quite a few laughs with us all. We also met members of the Immortal Regiment group in Edinburgh and we hope to work with them in the future.

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photos by Callum Mitchell

Victory Day, Moscow, Russia 8th-10th May 2018

Jimmy Baynes May 2018 msg to Russia

Victory Day, Moscow, Russia 8th-10th May 2018

Victory Day celebrations and Immortal Regiment parade is taking place in Moscow and the Veterans of the Russian Convoys will be remembered.

Veteran Jimmy Baynes made this special film (with Rosemary Lever) which will be broadcast on Russian TV on Monday 7th May 2018.

Jimmy Baynes – Message to Russia – View HERE

Jimmy also wrote;

“Along with all Arctic veterans I have a special personal relationship with the Russian people. Whatever the present day international situation one cannot change history.

I am looking forward very much to attending the Victory ceremony on Wednesday. It is wonderful to see such personal feeling expressed and the hospitality of our hosts is warm and friendly.

The RAC and Russian Federation have cemented a friendship that will remain for ever”

Kind regards,
Jimmy Baynes
5th May 2018

Newsletter 10 – Dec 2017

Newsletter 10 – December 2017

newsletter 10 Dec 2017

Featuring Russian Arctic Convoy Club, Merseyside 2014 & No. 1 Pilot Boat ‘Alfred H Read’, Legion Scotland Memorial Service in Edinburgh Nov 2017, Feliks Topolski’s “Archangel”, veterans; Stanley McKessock, Ron MacKie, John William Roberts, Jim Simpson, George Young, Geoff Holmes, Stormy Fairweather and Salty the ships cat

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Nov 2017 Memorial Service, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh 2017

Memorial Service, November 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland

A memorial service was held in Edinburgh by Legion Scotland and myself (Anna – RACC chair and daughter of Stanley McKessock) and another daughter of a Convoy Veteran attended. Hilda (daughter of veteran Ron Mackie) and her husband Colin attended the full service and laid the RACC wreath and later we left a memorial cross at the Scott Monument gardens for our Fathers, went for dinner and raised a glass to all our Fathers, Uncles and the Men of The Convoys.

Colin Hilda Edinburgh 2017

photo : Colin & Hilda McGuiness

written & photos by Anna C McKessock

Lt Cmdr Roy Dykes Arctic Star Film (2013)

Veteran of the Russian Convoys Lt Cmdr Roy Dykes talks about the campaign for the Arctic Star in the UK and is filmed talking about it just after being presented with his medal in 2013

View the film HERE

Featuring Lt Cmdr Roy Dykes and Cmdr Eddie Grenfell (1920-2013) who campaigned for the medal

Film & Photo by Whitchurch, Hampshire and thanks to Michael J Feltham for the link