Tributes paid to Arctic Convoy hero

Remembrance Sunday - Halifax. WW2 veteran and Ushakov Medal recipient Eric Lawton.
Remembrance Sunday - Halifax. WW2 veteran and Ushakov Medal recipient Eric Lawton.
0
Have your say

Tributes have been paid to a heroic Arctic Convoy veteran who served in the armed forces during the Second World War.

Eric Lawton. 89, from Northowram served in the Navy for two years after joining in 1943.

Last year he was presented with the an Arctic Star Medal for his services during the arctic convoys.

He also travelled to London to receive the Ushakov Medal in a ceremony held at the Russian Ambassador’s residence.

After the war he returned to the building trade and formed his own company in the late 1950s.

Eric was a member of several Royal Navy Associations and regularly attends meetings.

Son Paul said that even though he was ill, he still managed to attend the Remembrance service in Northowram and Halifax when he led the veterans through the town.

He also had a passion for sea diving and for motorbikes with Paul buying him a bike for his 70th birthday.

He was even made an honorary member of the The Mutts Nuts scooter club.

A service will take place at Halifax Minister on December 12, 10.30pm before his funeral at Park Wood Crematorium.