Widow receives cross to mark husband’s sacrifice

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THE widow of a Royal Navy officer shot dead while trying to tackle a gunman on a submarine has been given a medal to honour his sacrifice.

Gillian Molyneux has been presented with the Elizabeth Cross in recognition of the actions of her husband, Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux.

The father-of-four was killed on board HMS Astute by Able Seaman Ryan Donovan while it was docked in Southampton in 2011.

The Elizabeth Cross is for next-of-kin of members of the armed forces killed while on duty.

She was presented the cross at a ceremony on Friday.

Mrs Molyneux said: ‘It’s an honour to be here to receive the Elizabeth Cross and it’s a recognition of the sacrifice and what we as a family have lost through Ian’s death.

‘I’ve lost my soulmate, the foundation of our family and an immensely great daddy – a figure that we needed to guide our family.

‘It goes towards bringing some comfort, the fact our sacrifice and loss has been recognised.

‘It’s extremely important for the children to know that their loss and their suffering hasn’t gone unnoticed.’

Regional Naval Commander, Commodore Dickie Baum, described Lt Cdr Molyneux as a role model to future submariners.