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Elizabeth Cross awarded to 10 Norfolk families
Elizabeth Cross (Photo: Ministry of Defence)
The Elizabeth Cross was created by the Ministry of Defence in 2009

The Elizabeth Cross, which honours the relatives of servicemen and women who have died in conflict, has been awarded to 10 families in Norfolk.

They received their medals at a ceremony in Norwich, attended by a former head of the British army, on 13 December 2010.

"The upsurge in support for the armed forces has been quite fantastic," said General Sir Richard Dannatt.

The ceremony was attended by around 50 people at the city's Great Hospital.

Named after the Queen, the Elizabeth Cross was unveiled by the Ministry of Defence in 2009.

The new medal is granted to the armed forces' next of kin to mark their loss, unlike the George and Victoria crosses that are specifically aimed at servicemen and women.

Each family who attended the ceremony received the sterling silver emblem, plus a memorial scroll signed by the Queen and bearing the name of the person who died.

Sir Richard Dannatt, now head of the YMCA in Norfolk, thinks the introduction of the award is a reflection of how much service personnel are appreciated.

"When they come home to their local town, like the city of Norwich did to welcome the Royal Anglians back or Dereham has with the Light Dragoons, the soldiers march 10 feet tall and think 'that was worth it, that's worth doing'," he said.

Late L/Cpl Ben Whatley from Tittleshall, King's Lynn

The persons commemorated at the Norwich ceremony were:

Mrs J M Andrews, sister of Signalman Thomas Wells (Great Yarmouth)

Mr R Collins, brother of Flying Officer Leslie Collins (Norwich)

Mrs C Cornish, widow of Staff Sgt Christopher Griffin (Great Yarmouth)

Mr G Crow, father of Pte Jon Crow (Sheringham)

Mr H C Parr, brother or Pte David Parr (Norwich)

Mr R Patten, father of Pte Martin Patten (Swaffham)

Lt Col A Powell MBE, stepbrother of Pte Robert Mason (Thetford)

Mrs J Reynolds, widow of Cpl Calvert Brown (Norwich)

Mrs T M Whatley, mother of L/Cpl Ben Whatley (Tittleshall, King's Lynn)

Mr J E White, brother of 2nd Lt Geoffrey White (Swaffham)

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