A CAMPAIGN started by the mum of a Castle Bromwich soldier – killed while serving in Iraq – has gone all the way to Downing Street.
Carol Jones, whose son was Sgt John Jones, thinks that more could be done to honour servicemen.
She also said there are many parents – whose children have been killed in action – who don’t receive invites to memorial events.
Over 5000 people have signed a petition, which Carol has sent to Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
There has also been a flurry of interest in Carol’s Facebook group – Equality for the Parents of the Fallen.
“Recently there was a service at St Paul’s Cathedral where the Queen was present, yet we were not invited as invitations were only sent to next of kin,” she said.
“The same happened at an event at Highgrove where Prince Charles was present, and we were missed out again.
“John was so precious to us and it’s bad enough losing him, let alone having to fight for something like this.”
Sgt Jones, from the 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed by a roadside bomb in 2005.
A posthumous Elizabeth Cross was given to his wife Nickie, but parents Carol and Ray received nothing.
This means they have been unable to attend events, paying tribute to fallen servicemen.
“I don’t want to take anything away from the next of kin. I just think that we as parents should be treated equally,” added Carol.