George medal award pride

Gillian Molyneux proudly holds the George Medal awarded to her late husband Lt Commander Ian Molyneux Royal Navy, after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II, at the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Gillian Molyneux proudly holds the George Medal awarded to her late husband Lt Commander Ian Molyneux Royal Navy, after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II, at the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

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THE widow of a Wigan navyman shed tears of pride as her late husband was posthumously awarded a medal by the Queen for preventing a massacre onboard a nuclear submarine.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux’s widow Gillian collected the George Medal, one of the highest accolades for bravery, at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace today (Friday).

Mrs Molyneux travelled to London with her two eldest sons, Jamie and Arron, who were dressed in their Marine Cadet uniforms, and Ian’s father, James.

Lt Cdr Molyneux, 36, was posthumously decorated for his brave attempts to tackle crew member Ryan Donovan when he fired shots onboard HMS Astute last April, while docked in Southampton.

Speaking to the Evening Post after the ceremony, Mrs Molyneux spoke of her pride on an “emotional day.”

FOR THE FULL STORY, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW WITH MRS MOLYNEUX, SEE THE WIGAN EVENING POST (SATURDAY) ...