Kingsman Darren Deady's mother given Elizabeth Cross

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Image caption, Kingsman Deady died in hospital with his family by his side

The mother of a soldier from Greater Manchester who was shot in Afghanistan has been awarded the Elizabeth Cross at a ceremony in Cyprus.

Kingsman Darren Deady, from Bolton, was shot on 23 August while protecting civilians in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand.

The 22-year-old, of 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died in hospital on 10 September.

Air Vice Marshal Graham Stacey presented the medal to Julie Baxter at the battalion's homecoming parade.

The battalion held a special memorial service at the base in Episkopi, Cyprus.

The Elizabeth Cross is awarded the next-of-kin of soldiers who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism. It is designed to be a national recognition of their loss and sacrifice.

Speaking at Kingsman Deady's funeral, Lt/Col Andrew Kennedy, commanding officer of the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, described him as a "superb soldier".

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