The widow of Falklands VC hero Lt Colonel H Jones yesterday backed the Mirror campaign for a medal for dead and wounded forces personnel.
Sara Jones, 64, said: It’s only right that the sacrifices of our servicemen and women should have recognition.
As the campaign gathered massive support from hard pressed troops on the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mother of the last British soldier to be killed by the IRA in Ulster also pledged her support.
Rita Restorick, 59, said: I’ve been battling for this for years and coming up against a brick wall. Your campaign should waken the country to an injustice.
The Mirror is supporting a call by Col Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan,cheap canada goose for a medal to be given to those killed or wounded in battle.
Widow Sara, who lives near Salisbury, said: A medal for those seriously wounded or killed in the service of their country has great merit.
I don’t think the nation recognises these sacrifices. It shouldn’t be so.
Sara’s 42 year old husband was awarded a posthumous VC after being killed while leading Paras against a machine gun nest at Goose Green in the Falklands War in May, 1982.
Rita asked to be put in touch with Col Kemp within hours of the campaign being announced.
Her son Stephen, 23, was shot dead at a checkpoint in Co Armagh in 1997. Rita, of Underwood, Notts, said: At last the Mirror seems to have found a military leader who understands.
The MoD and army top brass say they don’t recognise death and serious injury, only extreme valour.
But our armed forces are showing bravery by putting themselves in danger doing their duty.
Rita pointed out that the US, Canada and New Zealand all have medals that recognise death and injury on duty and they are fighting alongside our boys.
She said: I hope the Mirror’s campaign will finally put matters right.
Col Kemp said last night: I’ve been inundated with support for this new medal from senior officers right down through the ranks. Morale is everything. This would go a huge way towards letting the forces know we support them. It would show them we know what price has been paid.
A British officer serving with 12 Mechanized Brigade against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan told the Mirror: There’s a groundswell of support for a medal out here.
It would make us feel that our wounded and killed comrades will be remembered.
We’re just doing our job. We’re even prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. But please let it be acknowledged.
The MoD said: The Armed Forces have no plans to introduce a new medal to recognise those who have been wounded or injured while on duty.
There would be grey areas dividing those personnel considered to deserve such an award and those not. This could lead to ill feeling.
It is the military chain of command who considers whether a medal is deserved. They’re the only ones qualified to make such an assessment.
70 British soldiers and MoD civilians have died serving in Afghanistan since November 2001 47 in action and 23 from illness, non combat injuries or accidents
168 Have died since the start of the Iraq war in March 2003 132 killed in action and 36 from illness, non combat injuries or accidents.