Posthumous award for submariner

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux

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A WIGAN submariner who was murdered as he tried to save his colleagues’ lives has been recognised with one of the highest awards for bravery.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux was shot dead as he tried to disarm callous gunman, able seaman Ryan Donovan, in April last year.

But today his supreme bravery was recognised as he was posthumously awarded the George Medal.

The George Medal is second only to the George’s Cross and is awarded to civilians and members of the Armed Forces for acts of gallantry other than in action with the enemy.

His widow, Gill Molyneux, said: “On behalf of myself and our children, I wish to express how extremely proud and humbled we all feel to know that Ian’s remarkable bravery has been recognised with such a prestigious award.

“Ian is so desperately missed, but his memory will live on through his four beautiful children and in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.”

For the full exclusive interview with Mrs Molyneux see tomorrow’s Wigan Evening Post (Saturday) ...