Category Archives: Events

RACC Exhibit in Dundee, Scotland

UPDATE 20th March 2020

Due to coronovirus, HMS Unicorn is temporarily closed. We will update when it re-opens here and on our facebook page & event

In the meantime, we are working on some online presentations for you so check back soon!


In association with HMS Unicorn, here in Bonnie Dundee, we have a small exhibition taking place from 24th February to 28th June 2020.

On display are eight panels telling the story of the Russian Convoys and some of the memorabilia (diary, dog tag, medals, photographs, telegram) of Stanley McKessock and Colin Cox.

During WWII Dundee was the base for International submarines and the Scottish head quarters of the Norwegian Navy.

So if you are in Dundee, please do come along and have a look. Anna McKessock (chair) has already done a talk with more information & photos and is also talking part in the Spring Fayre and additional talks in Dundee.

HMS Unicorn, Dundee, Scotland

Colin Cox
Colin Cox

Newsletters 15-18

Newsletters 15-18 (RACC Book Vol 2)

Vol2 Newsletters 15-18
Vol2 Newsletters 15-18

Newsletters 15, 16, 17 & 18 have already gone out. We are now working a Vol 2 Book (to be available on Amazon world wide by Dec 2019/Jan 2020) – so keep checking back. Vol 2 will have newsletters 15-18 and details of the Conferences in Iceland & Russia from 2018 and more photos!!!

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And.. Happy St Andrews Day from all of us here in Dundee, Scotland – including Salty the ships cat!!

Russian Arctic Convoys Club 21st Century (Club21)

D-Day Events June 2019

D-Day Events June 2019

June 2019 John Roberts D-day

We were delighted to put several of our Veterans in touch with each other recently, after they had decided to go to France for the D-Day events in June 2019. Talking by email and telephone, it gave them a chance to get in touch with each other and meet up & have some company for these events.

Here is an article featuring John Roberts, who is proudly wearing his Russian Convoy Club beret & Badge, which we recently sent out to him! We can’t wait to see more photos 🙂

Dundee Telegraph : Cruise ship chartered to take Normandy veterans to D-Day events

The Telegraph : D-Day veterans set sail for emotional return to Normandy 75 years after invasion

St Petersburg, Dec 2018

Russia Dec 2018

The Russian Arctic Convoys Club C21 (RACC) is a founding member of the Brotherhood of The Allied Convoys, which was formed in Iceland in August 2018. In December 2018 a conference was held in St Petersburg, Russia and I and my husband Callum attended.

We flew out a couple of days before so we could have some time in St Petersburg and visited a few ‘touristy’ places and mingled with the Russian people, who were very social and helpful. The conference itself was well attended and we were very well looked after by the St Petersburg members.

More details are in our Newsletter 15 (Spring 2019) and here is a small film we made too 🙂 Anna

Anna & Callum in St Petersburg

Upcoming Publication – “Veterans Reunion May 2013” Book!

2013 Murray Haddow
2013 Murray Haddow

Upcoming Publication – “Veterans Reunion May 2013” Book!

In May 2013, over 30 ‘Russian Convoys’ WWII Veterans had a wonderful weekend at Loch Ewe where many of the convoys to Russia sailed from.

It was a weekend full of fun, wonderful and happy memories… and all of the Veterans were well taken care of with lots of events & exhibits which they attended. They even had a 1940’s theme going on with the local villages & community taking part. Even the local radio station played vintage songs throughout the weekend!

It was a nostalgic, happy, fun weekend and we have so many photographs, which have never been published, which we wish to share with the world. So we are going to do so and we would
appreciate your help!

“Veterans Reunion May 2013” will be a full colour book with photographs taken during this very special weekend and will have more information on the Veterans who were there.

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.

Russia Day 2018Russia Day 2018

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

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