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by BBC Learning Centre Gloucester

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23 December 2005

HMS Kent moored in Kola Inlet, near Murmansk, Russia

This picture has been contributed to the People’s War by the BBC Learning Centre on behalf of Harry Wright’s son John, with his permission.

Harry Wright was a petty officer on HMS Kent, a county class cruiser in the Russian convoys. HMS Kent joined the Fleet in Scapa in October 1943. From then until 1944 she patrolled the Northern approaches to the Atlantic and escorted more than 18 convoys to Russia.

This picture is from Harry Wright’s personal collection taken while he was on board HMS Kent. It shows the shop moored in Kola Inlet, near Murmansk, Russia.

His son John says: "Kola Inlet was in the north-east of Russia, near Murmansk.

"Dad told me when they got to places like this, and Vladivostok and Archangel, they saw injured soldiers from the Russian front with stumps of legs playing football on the ice. They were tough.

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