Russian Consul General presents convoy medal in Portree




A veteran of the Russian Arctic Convoys was last week presented with a medal commemmorating his service.

Norman Macleod was presented with the Ushakov Medal at his Portree home by the Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh, Andrey Pritsepov, last Thursday for “personal courage and valour shown during the World War Two while participating in the Arctic Convoys”. Both are pictured above.

Mr Macleod, who is originally from Hoebeg in North Uist, joined the war effort as an 18-year-old in 1941, initially sailing in the North Atlantic. In 1945 he joined the SS ‘Copeland’, a convoy rescue vessel which would pick up survivors from ships which had been attacked.

Following his time with the Merchant Navy Mr Macleod joined the Foresty Commission, eventually becoming a lecturer with the organisation. He moved to Skye six years ago.

Mr Macleod said of his time on the Arctic convoys: “It had all quietened down by the time I joined. The Consulate spoke to me as if I was a great hero but I only got a medal thanks to those who lost their lives.”