Corporal Stewart McLaughlin

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:16 am on 18th November 2014.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 11:16 am, 18th November 2014

May I just finish this point? I am quite happy to take an intervention, although I am conscious of the time.

The hon. Gentleman and others listening to the debate will know that there are many who conduct themselves well above the call of duty and who do the most astonishingly brave and heroic things, but who, for whatever reason, never even get a citation—those wonderful acts never come into the light, so they never get the recognition that they should. Apparently, I am told, that is an accepted part of the system; it is not a perfect system, but is as good as it can be.


George Morley
Posted on 12 Jul 2015 4:24 pm (Report this annotation)

I agree that it is not a perfect system but the Honours and Awards Committee should review this request and grant this award to Cpl Stewart McLaughlin for the men of all three services that have given their time and put their life on the line without recognition but do need to know that the faceless Committee can grant an award in special cases like this one is.
It is easy to make up excuses but to do the right thing takes just common sense and this is a special case in my view and that of so many others.
The Committee must realise that it is not their personal award but an award by the people, the servicemen and women who get so few thanks for giving there all.
Having done 26 yrs service myself and had to fight to wear the PJM, you really do not seem understand the feelings and frustration that denial can bring. My brother died in Malaya and many other servicemen have lost relatives in Britain's small wars but need to know that those at the top give true recognition to men like this.