GIVE MY SON A MEDAL.
THE father of a North Wales soldier killed in Iraq last night called for his son to be given a medal.
Tom Keys died in a hail of bullets in the final days of the conflict.
Now his father Reg has backed a Westminster campaign for posthumous medals to be handed out.
``He made the ultimate sacrifice,'' said Mr Keys. Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, 20,from Llanuwchllyn,near Bala, was one of six military policemen killed at a police station in Basra in June.
MPs are calling on Tony Blair to institute a posthumous military medal to honour the 53 British servicemen killed in Iraq so far this year.
The award would be similar to the American Purple Heart.
Mr Keys added:``I would accept the medal on Thomas's behalf. He made the ultimate sacrifice believing that what he was doing was right.
``It was his job and he had no choice but to go to Iraq.''
``But it has since emerged that the country was deceived by the propaganda that Iraq was a threat. I am still strongly critical of Blair and Bush for taking the country to war.''
Next month,Mr Keys will meet Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon in an attempt to find out exactly what happened to his son's platoon.
In the list of honours handed out for the Iraqi operation,only three went to those killed and they were the lowest military honour of ``mentioned in dispatches''.
The Government is considering plans for a memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, where the names of servicemen killed in action would be recorded.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 29, 2003|
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