Ushakov medal awarded

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The photograph shows Mr Donald Mackinnon of Irvine, formerly of Moll na Faobhag, Cluer with his daughter Morag after receiving the Medal of Ushakov from the Consul General of the Russian Federation at a Ceremony in Glasgow on 7 November 2014.

The medal was established in Russia in 1944 for those who demonstrated courage and prowess in sea warfare during World War II. It has now been awarded to British veterans of the Arctic Convoys “for personal courage and valour shown during World War II while participating in the Arctic Convoys.

As can be seen from the photograph, Donald is much decorated and received the British Government’s Arctic Star last year.

He joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1939. His ship HMS Lapwing was used in the Russian Convoys described by Churchill as the most dangerous journey of the war.

The HMS Lapwing was torpedoed near Murmansk in March 1945. Donald was one of the 61 survivors – 158 were lost.

Donald’s story is the subject of a book “Survival Against the Odds” by Donald John Macleod.

As well as being highly decorated for his war service, Donald was also a champion swimmer and was the world record holder for the highest number of swimming medals. Donald is now in his nineties, but continued swimming until recent years.