Michael has congratulated and paid tribute to Barnsley Royal Navy veteran Ken Burkinshaw on his award of the Ushakov Medal from The Russian Government.
The Ushakov medal recognises his heroism and service whilst escorting Russian convoys and battling the Nazis. It was presented to Ken by the Attaché of the Russian Embassy, Elizaveta Vokorina, at a ceremony on Friday 12 December.
During the Second World War Ken served aboard HMS Sheffield at just 16 years old. He completed nine trips to Russia in minus temperatures as low as 35-40 degrees to deliver vital supplies.
Aged 91, Ken lives in Hoyland, Barnsley, and is the President of the district's branch of the Royal British Legion. Ken's story was featured in today's Barnsley Chronicle (see image) and in the Sheffield Star here.
Commenting, Michael said, “Ken is one of only a handful of our brave Arctic Convoy veterans left and it was a great pleasure to congratulate and pay tribute to Ken’s heroism and service aboard the HMS Sheffield. Everyone in Barnsley is incredibly proud of Ken. It is nothing less than deserved that his service and sacrifice has finally been honoured with the award of the Ushakov medal.”