Submariner honoured

Gill Molyneux with naval trainee being presented with the all new Molyneux Award, which has been created in memory of Ian for the best SMQ (trainee submariner) for 2011
Gill Molyneux with naval trainee being presented with the all new Molyneux Award, which has been created in memory of Ian for the best SMQ (trainee submariner) for 2011
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AN HEROIC Wigan sailor who was murdered by a colleague on board his submarine has been honoured in yet another ceremony.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux was shot dead aboard HMS Astute, as he tried to disarm a gunman while the vessel was docked in Southampton on a goodwill visit last April.

And friends, colleagues and strangers up and down the country have been so affected by the father-of-four’s tragic death that they have honoured him in numerous ways since he was shot.

The latest was made by Royal Navy officers at Faslane Naval Base, Argyll and Bute, nearly 500 miles from where the family man was murdered.

Faslane is the home of HMS Astute, on which Lt Cdr Molyneux worked for many years, and his sacrifice has been recognised at a special ceremony that saw the lecture theatre at the base named after him as well as an award dedicated to his name.

Ian’s widow Gill travelled to Scotland for the unveiling and to present the inaugural award to trainee submariner Joshua Milliard.

The ceremonials followed news that Ian is be recognised posthumously with a prestigious George Medal.

Gill said: “It was an emotional day, especially with the announcement that Ian will be receiving the George Medal, but comforting to see how much he meant to the submarine community to have these memorials in his name.

“My pride in Ian knows no bounds. These memorials ensure that Ian’s memory will live on for years to come.

“It will be important for our children to take their children to see what a fine Naval Officer Ian was and the sacrifice he made for his men and his boat.”

Admiral Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord, unveiled the plaque which renamed the Astute Training Lecture Theatre at The Molyneux Room.

The latest recognition of Ian’s sacrifice is just one of many that have been given out in his memory in the last year, and Gill says they go some way to helping her and her young family come to terms with the tragic loss of a man who was the centre of their world.