Book Online

Columnists

Philip Evans

Columnists

From The Editor's Chair.

All Columnists

News

SEATON: Beer link to WWII documentary

Friday, 17 January 2014


AN intriguing Beer connection to one of the most controversial episodes of World War II was vividly brought to life in a BBC documentary last week.
PQ17: An Arctic Convoy Disaster, featured the heroic tale of lieutenant Leo Gradwell and his role in helping to save the lives of merchant navy sailors from that ill-fated voyage in July 1942 which was delivering military equipment and supplies to the Russians.
Among those interviewed for the documentary, which was written and presented by Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame, was professional musician Chris Gradwell, son of Leo, who has lived in Beer for the past 13 years.
Mr Gradwell spoke eloquently of his father, who against orders led his own RN-adapted Trawler HMS Ayrshire and three merchant ships from the disaster of Convoy PQ 17 into the Russian port of Arkhangel.
“The whole family, including grand-children watched the film and I think they then realised that their granddad had done something special so that was very emotional,” said Gradwell.
“It was a great tribute to dad, who like many of his generation didn’t speak much about what they did in the Second World War and I have the highest regard for the producer (Dan Trelford) and the director (Richard Pearson). We were all very pleased with the documentary.”
Mr Gradwell, who was subsequently awarded a DSC, died aged 70 in 1969.
The programme is still available to watch on the BBC iPlayer service and Mr Gradwell said that the Beer Arts Group may also show the documentary at some point in the near future.

All content © of Pulmans Weekly News unless stated otherwise.



Comments on this news item:

Be the first to comment using the form below.

Add your comment:

Submit your comment below :
Your Name (required) :
Your Email*(required) :
Your Location (required) :
Security question (required) : 6 + 5 =

Your Comment (required) :
Maximum Number of characters for this text box is 400.

You have 400 characters remaining for your description...

I agree to the terms and conditions and comment rules (required) :
The Pulmans Weekly News may edit your comments and not all comments may be published.
Your comments may be published on any Tindle Newspaper Ltd. media.
*Your email address will not be displayed.


Enter the code as it is shown below (required):

Adverts



Main Links

Local Newspapers

Advertise with us

Online Pictures

Online Pictures

Adverts


RSS

Deliver the news to your desktop

Mobile

Browse our site on the go

Subscribe

Subscribe to our newspaper

Archives

Search though the archives

Photos

Buy photos online

Social Bookmarks

Add news to your social networking page