THE widow of an heroic Wigan submariner has spoken with pride at her husband’s name finally being added to the town centre’s war memorial.
Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux’s name has been inscribed onto the commemorative plaque this week, almost three years after he was shot dead on board HMS Astute by a crazed gunman.
Today his widow, Gillian, expressed her family’s gratitude but also frustration that it has taken so long.
Mrs Molyneux raised the issue again last year and council bosses acted to ensure it was added as soon as possible.
“I am disappointed that it has taken so long,” said Mrs Molyneux. “But the council have profusely apologised and I’m extremely pleased that his name is now displayed to honour his memory and to respect the sacrifice he made as a Naval Officer,”
There will be an official unveiling of Lt Cdr Molyneux’s name in the coming weeks and Gillian says she isn’t sure how she will react when she sees it for the first time.
“I haven’t seen it there myself yet so I can’t honestly say how I will react, possibly tears,” she added.
“His name there is one thing no military family ever wishes to see, but through the tears will be immense pride and it’s such an important part of our family’s history, Naval history and that of the town.”
Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall said: “I’m so pleased the plaque honouring Ian Molyneux’s service and sacrifice has been added to the Wigan War Memorial where it rightfully belongs and where people will see it for years to come. I’m especially pleased for Gillian and her family because I know how much it means to them to have Ian’s name honoured on the memorial in his home town.
“He was a remarkably brave man whose memory inspires pride throughout Wigan borough.”