|Birth: ||May 19, 1974|
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 2011|
Recipient of the George Medal (posthumous)
Weapons Engineering Officer
Lt Cdr Molyneux was killed and another officer was seriously injured after they were shot by a junior crew member aboard HMS Astute while docked in Southampton. An able seaman was charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder.
Aged 36, Lt Cdr Molyneux was born in Preston and grew up in Eccleston, Lancashire. Despite showing a talent for architecture, he wanted to travel and chose to join the Royal Navy at the age of 16. He worked his way up through the ranks during his 20 year career, serving on frigates HMS Sheffield and HMS Lancaster, and nuclear submarines HMS Victorious, HMS Vigilant and HMS Astute. The peak of his career was the work he did on building the fleet's latest submarine, HMS Ambush, launched in January 2011. Described as gentle, caring and devoted to his family, he was also well respected by his colleagues.
An avid sportsman, he took part in last year's Royal Navy field gun competition as a member of one of the first Submarine Service teams to enter. At home near Wigan, he was the head coach of the Shevington Sharks under-12s rugby team for almost five years until sea trials prevented him from travelling back on weekends from his base in Faslane, Scotland.
Lt Cdr Molyneux leaves behind his wife Gillian and their children Jamie, Arron, Bethany and Charlie, along with other relatives, colleagues and friends.
Requiem Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Springfield, Wigan and burial with full military honours at Gidlow Cemetery held on
April 28, 2011.
In September 2011, the navy sailor was sentenced to life imprisonment for the shootings.
In March 2012, Lt Cdr Molyneux was posthumously awarded the George Medal (GM) for gallantry not in directly in the face of the enemy.
The citation reads: citation for her husband said: "Lt Cdr Molyneux, with complete disregard for his own safety, had deliberately made an effort to tackle the gunman, knowingly putting himself into extreme danger in order to try to safeguard others from personal injury.
His actions were incalculably brave and were carried out in the highest possible service traditions of courage and selfless commitment, resulting ultimately in providing just enough disruption to the sentry's intent to enable him to be subsequently overwhelmed and disarmed."
*Sincere thanks to LRV for her generous sponsorship of this memorial.
*Thanks to Peter Green for the grave photo
Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
Greater Manchester, England
Created by: Milou
Record added: Apr 20, 2011
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