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  • 16 November 2012, 12:01

Posthumous Bravery Medal For Submariner

A Royal Navy officer murdered while trying to stop a gun rampage on board a nuclear-powered submarine is being awarded one of the highest medals for bravery posthumously.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux's widow Gillian will receive the George Medal from the Queen at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Lt Cdr Molyneux, 36, was awarded the accolade - second only to the George Cross - for attempting to tackle Able Seaman Ryan Donovan as he ran amok on HMS Astute while it was docked in Southampton on April 8 last year.

The father-of-four from Standish, Wigan, tried to disarm Donovan after hearing shots on board the vessel on April 8 last year, but was killed in the attempt.

Donovan was jailed for at least 25 years in September 2011 for murdering Lt Cdr Molyneux and attempting to murder Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge, Petty Officer Christopher Brown, and Chief Petty Officer David McCoy.

Major Justin Stenhouse of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards will receive the Distinguished Service Order - the second-highest military honour for active service - for single-handedly taking on Taliban insurgents to save the men under his command.

The officer, from Hartfield in Sussex, was serving with an elite reconnaissance unit when he and his men found themselves pinned down in an attack as they attempted to recover weapons being used against them.

He ran forward into open ground to throw himself into the line of fire and put the Taliban fighters on the back foot.

Matthew Robinson who, together with his parents, rescued five children from a burning house when he was just 18, will also be rewarded for his actions when he collects the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Mr Robinson heard the children's mother, Tracee Barlow, screaming for help after her children were trapped as their Dorset home went up in flames in January 2010.

The teenager's mother, Jackie Robinson, got a ladder and helped three of the children escape while her son went inside the house to collect Ms Barlow's son Jack, 11, and daughter Chantelle, five, before passing them out of the window to his father, Roy Robinson.