This injustice must be put right for a Falklands War hero.
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Corporal Stewart McLaughlin served in B Company, Third Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and was killed during the battle for Mount Longdon in the Falklands War. He was a key figure in the Company’s attack, leading and supporting numerous assaults on the enemy. His supreme personal bravery and exemplary leadership was noticed by many during the battle and has consistently been acknowledged by the comrades who fought alongside him, by many senior military officers and by the Prime Minister, Theresa May. Despite this, he has never been formally recognised for his actions which contributed significantly to the victory achieved by the battalion. We call on the government to amend the Armed Forces Awards system to enable retrospective awards to be made in exceptional circumstances and to formally recognise Cpl McLaughlin for his outstanding gallantry and leadership.
- Prime Minister - Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Dear Prime Minister, I call on you to formally recognise Cpl Stewart McLaughlin with a gallantry award. The findings of the investigation concluding January 2015 are not accepted by the family or by the comrades of Corporal McLaughlin. His heroic actions have been widely acknowledged by senior military officers and politicians including, Anna Soubry (who described his actions as "remarkable" and noted that "he was heroic"), Lord Astor of Hever and by you.
Corporal McLaughlin deserves recognition. It has been suggested by the M.o.D that such an award would be unfair to his comrades. Yet, it is hundreds of his comrades who continue to campaign for him to receive the gallantry award that they know he earned. It is in your gift to support the amendments to the military awards system and the special consideration that such an award will require. I call on you to ensure that the acknowledged injustice that has been served upon Corporal McLaughlin is corrected as soon as possible and to ensure that he receives formal recognition for his extraordinary courage and exemplary leadership during the battle of Mount Longdon.
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