Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today lodged a parliamentary Early Day Motion recognising the passing this week of the last surviving crew member of the “Shetland Bus”, Jakob Strandheim. The Shetland Bus was a series of operations run between occupied Norway and Shetland during the Second World War, transporting refugees out of Axis-controlled territory and moving agents and material into Norway to disrupt enemy forces.
Mr Carmichael said:
“It is right that we recognise the passing of this part of our history from living memory. We are proud in the isles of our historic links to Norway, and of the vital role these islands played in the course of the World Wars. Jakob’s role – and that of the other crew members and local communities – is something that we must continue to commemorate and learn from even as the events themselves become more distant.”