I'll return my son's war medals over Blair's knighthood, say Iraq hero's family

FAMILIES of those killed in the Iraq War will hand back their medals over Tony Blair’s knighthood.

Relatives branded the honour a “slap in the face”.


Some 600,000 people online have signed a petition demanding Boris Johnson blocks the gong.

Mark Thompson, whose son Kevin, 21, was killed by an IED near Basra in 2007, insisted he would return the Elizabeth Cross.

The 61-year-old said: “I don’t think the Queen has thought how this decision will upset the families.”

Buckingham Palace said ex-PM Mr Blair will be made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

But Mark claimed: “My son died because of Tony Blair’s lies.

“I’ll go to Windsor and give the medal to a guard and they can give it to the Queen.”

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Rose Gentle, 58, whose son Gordon, 19, perished in 2004, will also give back his Elizabeth Cross, adding: “If Blair had decency, he would not accept the honour.”

The decision in 2003 to invade Iraq cost 179 British lives while 150,000 civilians died in the war.

Mr Blair said they had weapons of mass destruction and they could target the UK in 45 minutes.

The Chilcot Inquiry found Iraq posed “no imminent threat”.

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