A man whose life was ripped apart when his twin brother was killed in Iraq, has slammed the decision to knight former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Surviving twin, Mike Wilson, has called it a ‘joke’ that Sir Tony Blair has received the highest honour from Her Majesty the Queen.
Lance Corporal David Wilson, who was 27 and from Spennymoor, died from a gunshot wound at Basra airbase in 2008 where he served with 9 Regiment Army Air Corps.
His twin, Mike Wilson, now 40, said it was ‘joke’ that the Blair was awarded the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in the New Year Honours list 2022.
In 2016, an inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot found Blair ‘overplayed’ evidence about Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Mr Wilson, from Cockermouth, who works as an ambulance emergency medical technician for NWAS, said: “I was absolutely shocked and disgusted that he has been awarded this honour especially after the Chilcot report proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he misled government and the public about the reasons in which we entered into the war in Iraq.”
He added that it made his ‘blood run cold’, when he saw the news.
LCpl David Wilson became father to his daughter, Poppy, weeks before his death, and his brother has shared a poignant photograph of him with her before he was sent to Iraq.
At the time of his death Staff Sergeant Tony Todd, LCpl Wilson’s immediate boss, said: “Dave was an outstanding soldier and good friend.
“Nothing seemed to faze him and his sense of humour was nothing short of ‘stage’ quality.
“He could always make others around him smile and his own smile was infectious. He will be very sorely missed.”
An online petition demanding Blair is stopped from getting a knighthood has more than 590,000 names and critics have called the honour a ‘kick in the teeth’ to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the most senior order of knighthood in the British honours system and is issued at the discretion of the monarch.
Mr Wilson on writing to Buckingham Palace to express his disgust at the controversial honour for Sir Tony Blair.
He said: “It is my intention to write to the Queen, however I suspect it will not change the outcome.”
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