A MEMORIAL stone in memory of a British Army soldier - who was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross - was unveiled at the town hall this week.

Born in Wortley, Sergeant Ian McKay, was enlisted in the army aged 17 - training as a paratrooper.

Posted to the 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment in early 1971, he served in Northern Ireland, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

By April 1982 he was platoon sergeant of 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, and deployed with his unit for service in the Falklands War.

He was killed during the Battle of Mount Longdon for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

A citation for his death describes his ‘heroic’ actions.

“Without doubt Sergeant McKay’s action retrieved a most dangerous situation and was instrumental in ensuring the success of the attack.

“His was a coolly calculated act, the dangers of which must have been all too apparent to him beforehand.

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“Undeterred he performed with outstanding selflessness, perseverance and courage.

“With a complete disregard for his own safety, he displayed courage and leadership of the highest order, and was an inspiration to all those around him.”

At the town hall on Tuesday, a memorial stone was unveiled for Sgt McKay - with the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment and family members present.