Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Mum slams MoD blunder

A grieving mother was shocked to find a posthumous medal for her soldier son had a spelling mistake in his name, she said yesterday.

Lieutenant Richard Shearer (26) died in Iraq in July 2005 when a roadside bomb exploded.

But his mother said when she received his posthumous Elizabeth Cross last week she was shocked to find a mistake in his name.

The inscription on the medal read “2LT R A Shearer, Staffords”, despite her son not having a middle name.

Lt Shearer's mother Maureen (60), from Nuneaton, Warks, said: “The silly thing was that they got his name right in some cases but on the actual items — the medal and the scroll — they had an A in it, which was a bit silly to say the least.”

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