Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Molyneuxs in:
 • Gidlow Cemetery
 • Standish
 • Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
 • Greater Manchester
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
LCDR Ian Thomas Molyneux
Birth: May 19, 1974
Death: Apr. 8, 2011

Recipient of the George Medal (posthumous)

Lieutenant Commander
Weapons Engineering Officer
HMS Astute
Royal Navy

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
Gidlow Cemetery
Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
Greater Manchester, England
Created by: Milou
Record added: Apr 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68653326
LCDR Ian Thomas Molyneux
Added by: Milou
LCDR Ian Thomas Molyneux
Added by: Milou
LCDR Ian Thomas Molyneux
Added by: Peter Green
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Milou
 Added: Apr. 8, 2015

- Milou
 Added: Apr. 8, 2014

- Milou
 Added: Apr. 8, 2013
There are 34 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
This page is sponsored by: Laura Virgil

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service