18 Nov 2010

Family of dead soldier gather for award

6:06 am on 18 November 2010

New Zealand family members of a British soldier killed in Hong Kong by a terrorist bomb will gather in Auckland on Thursday to receive the Elizabeth Cross.

Sergeant Colin Workman, a bomb disposal expert, was posted to Hong Kong at the height of terror attacks in 1967 when more than 51 people died in the former British colony.

More than 8000 home made bombs were planted around the city in an attempt to overthrow British rule.

Sergeant Workman was returning to base when he discovered a bomb.

When he tried to defuse it, it exploded and he was killed.

His wife and children will be present at the ceremony, in which the medal will be presented by the British High Commissioner.