Herefordshire Society: Forces families receive Elizabeth Cross

PUBLISHED: 12:41 30 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 February 2013

The Ross Family – Neil Jenkins, Ella Ross, Martin Evans, Pat Wright, Sylvia Ross, Colin Savoury, Brenda Savoury, Lee Ross, Alec Ross and Pauline Jenkins

The Ross Family â€" Neil Jenkins, Ella Ross, Martin Evans, Pat Wright, Sylvia Ross, Colin Savoury, Brenda Savoury, Lee Ross, Alec Ross and Pauline Jenkins

In one of the first ceremonies of its kind, the newly-created Elizabeth Cross Medal was presented in Hereford to the relatives of three soldiers who all died on active service for their country.

Medals awarded to soldiers families

In one of the first ceremonies of its kind, the newly-created Elizabeth Cross Medal was presented in Hereford to the relatives of three soldiers who all died on active service for their country.

The new medal only came into being last July when the Queen gave her name to a decoration to be awarded to the next of kin of armed services personnel in a mark of national recognition of their loss.

In a ceremony at The Palace in Hereford, Her Majestys representative, The Countess of Darnley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, handed over this new award to Vera Woodfield, the sister of Harry Poulton who died in 1958 while serving in Aden; to Gillian Parsons, the mother of Colin Parsons, who died in 1982 while on board the RFA Sir Galahad during the Falklands Conflict and to Sylvia Ross, wife of Thomas Ross who died in 1991 on service in Northern Ireland.

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