Medal for naval hero's family

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The family of a naval officer from Standish shot dead on board his ship is to be presented with a medal in his honour.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux was killed on board HMS Astute when it was docked in Southampton in April 2011.

His widow, Gillian, will be awarded the Elizabeth Cross by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith. The medal is given to the next-of-kin of members of the British Forces killed while on duty since the end of the Second World War.

The ceremony will be held at Wigan Town Hall and hosted by the Mayor of Wigan Borough Cllr Myra Whiteside. Also present will be the Northern England Naval Regional Commander Commodore Dickie Baum.

Lt Cdr Molyneux, a father-of-four and an active figure in the borough's amateur rugby league scene, was shot dead by Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, who was jailed for life following the attack. Lt Cdr Molyneux's four children will attend the ceremony along with other members of his family and friends.


"Lt Cdr Molyneux's tragic death deeply shocked and saddened the people of Wigan Borough. He was clearly an outstanding naval officer and a loving and committed husband and father.

"His widow and children have shown remarkable dignity in the face of their terrible loss. It will be an absolute privilege for me to welcome them to the town hall and host this ceremony on behalf of the borough. I can think of no one who deserves such recognition more."

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– Cllr Myra Whiteside
Police at HMS Astute after shooting Credit: PA Images