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Medal honour for soldier's mother

Angela Fox with her Elizabeth Cross award
Angela Fox said it was an "honour" to receive the award

The mother of a Hull soldier killed in Afghanistan has spoken of her pride after she received the Elizabeth Cross.

Angela Fox was presented with the award at a ceremony at St Michael's Church in Hull on Monday night.

Her son Johnathon Young, 18, of the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died in an explosion while on foot patrol.

Mrs Fox was presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, watched by about 50 of her son's friends and relatives.

'Very proud'

The Elizabeth Cross is awarded to the next of kin of armed forces personnel killed on active service, or as a result of terrorism, in a mark of national recognition of their loss.

It is the first time a reigning monarch has given their name to a new award since King George VI instituted the George Cross in 1940.

Speaking after the event Mrs Fox said: "It's been lovely. It's been an honour to receive the Elizabeth Cross. I feel very proud.

Pte Johnathon Young
Pte Young was killed on the day of the Afghan elections

"Johnathon thought about everybody else rather than himself. I am proud of him for that. That's what's going on in my mind, how brave he was."

Mrs Fox described her son as "lovely with a brilliant sense of humour".

She added: "Everybody has been so fantastic, neighbours and friends. They have been brilliant."

Mrs Fox said she had no regrets that her son had joined the Army.

"John loved it. He made his own mind up and I was just there to support him. I'm proud of what he did... he achieved so much in the Army. It's what he wanted to do."



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