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Murdered submariner's wife to collect medal

Lt Commander's widow Gillian will collect the medal from the Queen Photo:

A Royal Navy officer who was murdered trying to stop a gun rampage on board a nuclear-powered submarine will receive one of the highest medals for bravery posthumously today.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux's widow Gillian will be given the George Medal by the Queen at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Lt Cdr Molyneux, 36, was awarded the accolade - second only to the George Cross - for attempting to tackle Able Seaman Ryan Donovan as he ran amok on HMS Astute while it was docked in Southampton on April 8 last year.

The father-of-four from Standish, Wigan, tried to disarm Donovan after hearing shots on board the submarine on April 8 last year, but was shot in the head.

Donovan was jailed for at least 25 years in September 2011 for murdering Lt Cdr Molyneux and attempting to murder Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, Petty Officer Christopher Brown, and Chief Petty Officer David McCoy.