Chichester woman receives award for her uncle

A Chichester woman was presented with The Elizabeth Cross to recognise her uncle Richard Roy Bingley, who was killed on active service with the Kenya Regiment during the Mau Mau Emergency in 1953.

Pte Bingley was brutally killed when Mau Mau insurgents attacked an isolated farmhouse in the Aberdare Hills region of Kenya.

The Elizabeth Cross was received by Vivienne Giacobino-Simon, of Lavant, Chichester at a ceremony at Chichester City Hall.

Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex Susan Pyper, presenting the emblem, told Mrs Giacobino-Simon that her family had waited a long time for the Elizabeth Cross and she hoped that it would help to keep the memory of Pte Bingley alive.

Brigadier Simon Wolsey, the Army Commander in East and West Sussex, Kent and Surrey, presented a Memorial Scroll to Robin Radcliffe, who is also a relative of Pte Bingley.

The Mau Mau Emergency was declared in October 1952 and officially ended in 1960. During this time, Mau Mau sympathisers killed more than 2,000 African civilians and inflicted more than 200 casualties on the army and police including the 31 members of the Kenya Regiment who lost their lives in the Emergency.

The Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll were created in August 2009. They provide national recognition for the families of servicemen and women who had lost their lives, either on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism since the February 27, 1945 in Palestine or worldwide since January 1, 1948.

Next of kin can apply for the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll from the MOD Medal Office, Imjin Barracks, Gloucester, GL3 1HW.