The family of a soldier who was murdered in Cyprus more than 60 years ago has been awarded the Elizabeth Cross.

Captain Joseph Lane, formerly of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was shot in the back on his way to work in Nicosia on the 19th Jan 1956. 

His niece, Mrs Jacqueline Wark, was presented the award and a memorial roll by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire:

"It's a long time since my uncle was killed in Cyprus and we had no idea that there would be anything like this to come.

"To be presented with it in this way was absolutely stunning."

The Brass Quintet of the Rifles played the Royal Army Ordnance Corps regimental march during the ceremony.

The Elizabeth Cross, which was introduced in 2009 and to which Her Majesty has given her name, is granted to the families of personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism.

Captain Joseph Lane - Elizabeth Cross
The reverse of the cross is engraved with the name of the person in whose memory it is granted.

When Her Majesty introduced the Cross, a message was sent to Her Armed Forces: "This seems to me a right and proper way of showing our enduring debt to those who are killed while actively protecting what is most dear to us all. 

"The solemn dignity which we attach to the names of those who have fallen is deeply engrained in our national character.

"As a people, we accord this ultimate sacrifice the highest honour and respect.

"I greatly hope that the Elizabeth Cross will give further meaning to the nation's debt of gratitude to the families and loved ones of those who have died in the service of our country. We will remember them all."