The Elizabeth Cross, awarded posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces, is taking pride of place at a Llechryd home.

Jimmy Dunphy of Maesyderi, Llechryd, received the medal in memory of his brother Michael who was killed during the Falklands Conflict.

Welsh Guardsman Michael, 21, was one of 48 servicemen who died during an Argentine air attack on the Sir Galahad at Bluff Cove in June 1982.

The attack on the troopship six days before the Argentine surrender accounted for almost one fifth of all British fatalities and included 32 Welsh Guardsmen preparing to go ashore.

Many others were injured including Simon Weston who became a celebrated spokesman for those who fought to recapture the Falklands.

A few years after the end of the 74-day war builder Jimmy and his late mother Doreen joined relatives of other killed servicemen in flying to the South Atlantic islands and visited the British Military Cemetery at San Carlos.

And Simon Weston visited the family home in Llechryd.

The medal, together with a miniature and scroll signed by The Queen was presented by the Hon. Robin William Lewis, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed during a ceremony at The Ivy Bush Royal Hotel in Carmarthen on Monday last week.

Engraving on the scroll reads: ‘This scroll commemorates Michael Dunphy who gave his life for Queen and country on 8th June 1982.’ Mrs. Dunphy died in October 2009 and after the presentation ceremony Jimmy, who has two other brothers Peter and Patrick, said: “She would have been so proud to be here tonight.

“I am humbled and deeply honoured to receive the medal. I think it is right and fitting that servicemen who lose their lives in conflicts are suitably recognised.”