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Soldier’s legacy 47 years on

The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, with Jacki and Steven Shorrock and (inset) Lance Corporal Michael Frear.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, with Jacki and Steven Shorrock and (inset) Lance Corporal Michael Frear.

Jacki Shorrock was only 10 when her big brother Michael was killed but he has always been a hero to her.

So it was a delight for Jacki when she collected an award in his memory.

Jacki and her son Steven received the Elizabeth Cross, a new award recognising families of Armed Forces 
personnel who have died on operations.

Lance Corporal Michael Frear, of Slyne-with-Hest, was just 18 when he died of wounds he received during an ambush on operations in the Middle East in 1967.

Michael, of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, deployed to Yemen in October 1966 as part of the 24th Infantry Brigade to perform internal security duties.

At 5ft 6ins tall Michael was one of the shortest Guardsmen of his generation.

Michael was one of four soldiers who were killed during an incident at Habilayn on April 20, 1967.

He is buried at the Silent Valley Cemetery in Aden and remembered on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Arboretum.

He was also awarded the General Service Medal with clasp South Arabia.

Jacki, Steven and Jacki’s daughter Jenny also received memorial scrolls from the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.

 

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