Letter to The Telegraph

Not to sure if this has been posted before, however I think this letter is bloody good :D.


I know we have differing views on my proposal but thought you might like to know that the Telegraph have printed my letter today:

Re: No recognition
Date: 2 January 2004

Sir - I wonder how the families of our Servicemen killed in Iraq feel when reading the names of some of those in the New Year Honours List who have basically just been doing their well-paid jobs (News, Dec 31). Perhaps, like me, they will have been told that their loved one's sacrifice in Iraq or elsewhere does not merit specific recognition.

Even among those in the military who received awards after the war in Iraq (Operation Telic), only three of the 53 Servicemen who lost their lives were listed, and then for the lowest bravery award (mentioned in dispatches). No award was given to the other 50.

During both world wars the families of those killed were given a citation signed by His Majesty, but this practice lapsed afterwards, despite the numbers involved each year being relatively small.

It is long overdue that those who sacrifice their lives in the service of Queen and country are given formal recognition in the form of a posthumous medal, or a memorial cross for their mother and widow or widower; the Queen has agreed to the latter in the case of Canada and New Zealand.

The Government is quick to nominate for awards many from the fields of politics, the Civil Service, entertainment and sport, and to bask in the reflected glory, but refuses, through the Ministry of Defence, formal recognition to those who truly merit it through laying down their lives for that same Government in war, peacekeeping or terrorist action. The system requires reform.

Rita Restorick, Nottingham


Unfortunately the MoD have little time for those serving or those who have fallen, this is very obvious from the last 50 years. They are too busy playing the money games with the civilian Madarines who pull its purse strings.

Surely the cost of a parchment is neglible against the billions lost in poor procurement by Abbey Wood and the like- And they are the people who will be lauded with MBE and knighthoods.
Would I be correct in assuming this was written by the mother of Lance Bombadier Stephen Restorick, killed in NI some years ago?
If so I'm sure TB will ensure her son gets the recognition he deserves....


any deaths is always bad if it not recognised and even worse ignored would make it harder, it can have knock on effect, ie recruitment, morale, incentive etc

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