21 March 2013
Robert Harcus, Arctic Convoy Casualty

Five Orcadians are known to have died serving in the Arctic Convoys: the youngest Robert Harcus died aged 19.  One of Robert's nephews, John Sim, obtained his service record from the MoD last year and has applied for Robert's new Arctic Star campaign medal.  Robert's service record confirmed that he trained for six months to serve in X-craft midget submarines, but opted out at his mother's request.  Robert's biography, extended to two pages to include the new details revealed in his records, can be seen as a Word document in the website's Kirkwall section, or downloaded as a pdf using the link below. 

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