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Uttoxeter man Glynn honoured with Arctic Star medal for service with the navy

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A GRANDFATHER who took to the waters to bravely fight for king and country has been posthumously honoured for his service.

John Glynmor Edwards, who lived in Bridge Street, Uttoxeter, was among the crew stationed on the HMS Blankney from August 1942 to December 31, 1943, during which time he was part of the Russian convoy.

Now, more than 20 years after he passed away, Mr Edwards has been awarded the Arctic Star medal after his daughter Meryl Reynolds saw a newspaper article asking for navy veterans to come forward.

The 62-year-old said: “I read in a newspaper they were awarding the medals to the veterans as they never received them when they were in service.

“My daughter printed off the application forms for me and I filled it and sent it off. Then I had another form to fill out as he had passed away so I sent if off with his death certificate last October.

“I received the medal last week.”

Mr Edwards, who was fondly known as Glynn, moved to Uttoxeter after he finished his national service and started work at Walker’s Timber Yard in Carter Street.

It was while here that he met his future wife Monica Dale, who was the daughter of a hairdresser who owned a shop in the Market Place.

They married at St Mary’s Catholic Church, in Balance Street, and spent more than 25 years of wedded bless together before she sadly died a year after celebrating their silver wedding anniversary.

When he finished at the timber yard he went on to work at Dairy Crest until he retired.

Sadly Mr Edward died of bowel cancer in 1993 at the age of 77 before he could be honoured for his bravery.

Mrs Reynolds, who now lives in South Wales, said: “I am very proud of him and I would image he would be very pleased. He never talked much about his time in the navy but I remember him telling me that they would never dare touch the metal on the ship as their hands would stick to it if they didn’t have their gloves on as it would freeze.

“I think they did look after one another on the ships and it was all comrades together. I think all the elder gentlemen in the war just took part as it was what they had to do.

“My father liked to laugh but could be serious as well. He was never one to come forward and push himself but he was always there is you wanted anything or needed him.

“He liked a drink on his days off, not a lot of drink, and was a kind person who liked a laugh with his mates. They used to hold a Trafalgar night in the creamery for those who had been in the navy and he used to enjoy that.”

Mr Edwards had two daughters – Mrs Reynolds and Carol Talbot who lives in Marchington, and three grandchildren. The latest edition to the family, 13-month-old Noah Glynn Pennington has been named after his heroic great-grandfather.

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