MP Mark Lancaster welcomes new honours for war heroes

Mark Lancaster
Mark Lancaster

City MP Mark Lancaster, who serves in the Territorial Army, has welcomed news that Second World War heroes on the Arctic Convoys and in Bomber Command will receive new recognition.

The MP for Milton Keynes North – a Lieutenant Colonel in the TA – said he is particularly pleased families of those who have sadly died will be able to apply for the new awards in recognition of their loved ones’ bravery.

Up to a quarter of a million veterans and families could be eligible for the awards.

Production of the new Arctic Star medal and Bomber Command clasp will start this week and living veterans and widows will be the first in line to receive the new awards from as early as March.

Winston Churchill famously singled the Arctic Convoys out as the “most dangerous run of the war” and the men of Bomber Command faced extremely high casualty rates, with 55,000 out of 125,000 who served being killed.

Mr Lancaster said: “This is a fantastic announcement which will truly recognise the bravery displayed by those who fought for our freedom in World War Two.

“I would encourage all eligible veterans and next of kin in Milton Keynes to apply for the new awards.”