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Medal for last soldier shot by IRA

By Clare Weir

The parents of the last soldier to be murdered during the Troubles have been awarded an Elizabeth Cross on his behalf.

Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick (23) was killed by an IRA sniper at a checkpoint in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, on February 12, 1997.

In recognition of his sacrifice, his parents Rita and John Restorick, from Underwood in Nottinghamshire, were presented with the medal at Nottingham's County Hall.

Rita Restorick used her son’s death as a platform to call for peace in Northern Ireland and urged Gerry Adams to do what he could to bring about a ceasefire.

The Elizabeth Cross is a medal given to the families of members of the British Armed Forces killed in action since World War II.

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