Posthumous bravery medal for shot navy submariner

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux.

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A ROYAL Navy officer who was killed in a gun rampage on board HMS Astute has been posthumously awarded one of the highest medals for bravery.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux has been honoured with the George Medal for attempting to tackle Able Seaman Ryan Donovan after he opened fire on the submarine when it was docked in Southampton last year.

The father-of-four, from Wigan, tried to disarm Donovan 
after hearing shots fired on the submarine, but was shot in the head.

His widow Gillian was given the medal, which is second only to the George Cross, by the Queen at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Donovan was jailed for at least 25 years in September last year after pleading guilty to murdering Lt Cdr Molyneux and attempting to murder Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, 
Petty Officer Christopher Brown, and Chief Petty Officer David McCoy.

There were calls for a review of armed forces vetting procedures in the wake of the fatal shooting.

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