Bassetlaw: Unsung war hero urged to come forward and claim medal

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A Bassetlaw war hero is being urged to come forward so that he can be presented with a prestigious Russian war medal.

Chairman of Nottinghamshire Council, Councillor Sybil Fielding, collected the Ushakov Medal at a ceremony in Doncaster today, on behalf of Antony David Mitchell.

MrMithcell is a veteran of the Arctic Convoys, which played a key role in defeating Hitler during the Second World War.

It is believed that Mr Mitchell lives in Mattersey Thorpe, north of Retford, but attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful so far.

Coun Fielding said: “The bravery shown by sailors from the Arctic Convoys should always be remembered and respected. We know their great sacrifice was made for our freedom.

“We are trying to make contact with Mr Mitchell or his family and hope he sees our appeal in the media.”

A second Nottinghamshire man, Leonard Mayfield, who lived in North Wheatley until he passed away in October 2014, was honoured posthumously at the ceremony at Doncaster’s Mansion House.

Mr Mayfield’s Ushakov Medal was collected by his son, Paul Mayfield.