AN ARCTIC hero from Stone who died before the Government awarded him a medal has been honoured at his final home.
Ken Key passed away in February, aged 92. He served in the Royal Navy from 1938 to 1947 and was one of thousands of men who embarked on the perilous Arctic Convoys to Russia, described by wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill as “the worst journey in the world.”
Campaigners spent seven decades campaigning for the Government to honour Arctic Convoy veterans with their own medal and the Government announced its support in December 2012, with further details following in late February.
But the medals were issued too late for Mr Key, who spent his final years at Hilcote Hall Residential Home near Eccleshall.
His family applied for the medal posthumously. Last week it went on display, as part of a memorial to Mr Key, at Hilcote Hall, where family members, friends and staff gathered to pay tribute.
Family friend Chris Archer said: “Family members came from as far as Kettering and Bishops Stortford, as well as locally.
“Ken was Hilcote Hall for six years before he died. He knew what was going on (about the Government’s plans to issue the Arctic Medal) and was cheered by it.”