Kerry Ashworth said the award of Britain’s highest medal for bravery in the face of the enemy had helped her make sense of her son’s death on operations in Afghanistan last year.
Lance Corporal James Ashworth, 23, of 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards died as he led his team to storm a Taliban position in Helmand province.
She said: “I don’t think there are any words to describe how it feels, but I’m so very, very proud.
“I won’t say it’s made it more bearable, but it gives a sense to it. He died doing a job which he loved to do.”
She added: “It helps in a way because James is gone, but he will never ever be forgotten. He is part of the regimental history, he is part of history now, for what he achieved.”
Rest in Peace, Lance Corporal.
And do take note, it took Britain less than a year from the date of action to present the award.