Further to the now famous Gordon Brown letter to the mother of Guardsman Jamie Jane another monumental fuck up has occurred.
So come on Gordon do please explain this 1 then.
It transpires today that the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq was horrified to find that his name was spelt wrong on the Elizabeth Cross that she received.
An accompanying scroll signed by the Queen had the same error.
Lieutenant Richard Shearer, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, died in a roadside bomb attack four years ago, aged 26. Maureen Shearer opened the package on Friday to find that the medal and the document featured a non-existent middle initial “A”.
Mrs Shearer, a retired teacher, said: “I just couldn’t believe it. The least we deserve is to have his name spelt correctly.”
It was not the first time that the family had had to deal with a distressing error — the young soldier’s coffin was inscribed with the wrong date of birth when it was flown back from Iraq.
The incident follows the criticism at Gordon Brown for misspelling the name of Grenadier Guardsman Jamie Janes in a handwritten letter to his mother.
Mrs Shearer, a mother-of-two, said: “I’m extremely upset. Losing a son is devastating and I still think of Richard every single day. I opened the package on Friday and just couldn’t believe it when I saw they had got his name wrong.
“I can only think that it was a clerical error but when it comes to something as important as this then the details must be checked, double-checked and made 100 per cent accurate.
“It may just be a name and number to somebody at the Ministry of Defence but my son was a real person who is still missed by all his family and friends to this day. The least we deserve is to have his name spelt correctly.”
And there lies the problem.............what the government and its department actually think.
It emerged last week that civil servants at the MoD were sharing a £47 million bonus pot, while the Government were cutting the budget for frontline soldiers.
Mrs Shearer went on to say “I just can’t believe they’ve made such a mistake, especially with the controversy around the recent letter Gordon Brown wrote to another grieving mum.
“With Ministry of Defence staff getting such huge bonuses they could at least spell my son’s name right. It is only a small thing but the medal is supposed to recognise the sacrifice Richard made, so we want everything to be just perfect.
“Four years ago I watched Richard’s coffin being unloaded at RAF Brize Norton and I broke down when I saw they got his date of birth wrong.
“Our boys deserve so much more than this. I hope no other mum has to endure these mistakes in the future.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The MoD would like to apologise for any distress caused to Mrs Shearer. We will of course be sending a new Elizabeth Cross.”
So let me just see if I saw that correctly. This is the second time the Government dept has made an error on this servicemans details????
His name as above and his date of birth when repatriated.
I bet this man also got the indignity of a ramp ceremony so the government could ensure his mother got the full gambit of pain.
Proof again...............as if it was needed, of the way Labour treat our Armed Forces.