Recognition for hero submariner

THE family of a Wigan submariner who died a hero have spoken of their immense pride as his name was unveiled on the town’s cenotaph.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux made the ultimate sacrifice: shot dead as he prevented a crazed rating from running amok with a gun aboard HMS Astute in Southampton.

Gillian Molyneux, right, and daughter Bethany, collect flowers to lay next to the plaque at the official dedication service for the memorial of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux at Wigan War Memorial, Wigan Parish Church
Gillian Molyneux, right, and daughter Bethany, collect flowers to lay next to the plaque at the official dedication service for the memorial of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux at Wigan War Memorial, Wigan Parish Church

Since the 36-year-old’s death three years ago he has been posthumously awarded the George Medal.

And now his home town has recognised him in uncommon fashion: Ian Molyneux becomes one of the first British servicemen not to die in combat whose name appears on a war memorial.

Many of the the Springfield dad-of-four’s family attended the poignant ceremony in the grounds of Wigan Parish Church, including his widow Gillian and children Jamie, Arron, Bethany and Charlie.

“It’s really beautiful,” said Gillian. “It’s not something you wish to see up there but certainly as a family we now have somewhere to go, particularly on Remembrance Day.

“This now makes it a little bit more special for us. There have been three anniversaries now since Ian died and it will be really nice this year to have somewhere specifically for him.

“The children find a lot of comfort from memorials. It’s a beautiful way for them to remember their dad and keep those naval ties. The submarine community has been such a huge support for us.”

FULL STORY IN THE WIGAN EVENING POST (SATURDAY) ...

 

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