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12:21 pm, Fri 27 Jun 2014

Dedication of plaque in Wigan in honour of heroic Naval officer


Lt Commander Ian Molyneux with his wife Gillian and four children Credit: Royal Navy

A plaque in honour of an heroic submariner from Wigan has been dedicated during a special ceremony at the town's war memorial.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux's name has recently been added to the cenotaph in Wigan town centre.

His family and friends attended the special ceremony, led by the Rector of Wigan Parish Church and the Mayor of Wigan.

Lt Cdr Molyneux was shot dead three years ago on board submarine HMS Astute while tackling a junior sailor who went on a rampage with a gun.

Ian Molyneux's actions saved the lives of several other naval officers and saw him awarded the George Medal posthumously.

The dedication comes 24 hours before events to mark Armed Forces Day take place in Wigan town centre.

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: "Lt Cdr Molyneux's tragic death deeply shocked and saddened the people of Wigan Borough.

He was clearly an outstanding naval officer, a loving and committed husband and father, and an active member of his local community.

It is right Ian's name is included on the cenotaph in his home town in recognition of his bravery and sacrifice.

"Ian's widow, Gillian, and their children have shown huge strength and dignity in the face of such a terrible loss. It will be an absolute privilege for me to join them for the public dedication of Ian's plaque.

I'm sure it will be a memorable occasion and the perfect start to a weekend of activities designed to recognise and celebrate our armed forces"