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.”