members of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Meanwhile, US president Barack Obama and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband defended the war today. Mr Obama said it was a war of necessity, while Mr Miliband said it was understanda- ble the public were asking questions about the purpose of the war, but insisted the region was the primary threat to Britain. THE widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan today became the first to receive the new Elizabeth Cross. Karen Upton put on the medal before the funeral of her husband, Warrant Officer Sean Upton, at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire. Warrant Officer Upton, 35, originally from Nottingham, died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Sangin district, Helmand province last month. The 5th Re giment Royal Artillery officer was second in c o m m a n d o f t h e Po l i c e Mentoring Team in Sangin and had been in the Army for 19 years. He leaves his widow and children Hollie and Ewan. Mrs Upton, 32, said before receiving the medal: I will wear it in honour of Sean with pride and treasure it. Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth announced the establishment of the Elizabeth Cross last month. It is to be awarded to the next of kin of forces personnel killed on active service, or as a result of terrorism, in a mark of national recognition of their loss. It is the first time the name of a reigning monarch has been given to a new award since 1940, when the George Cross was instituted. Warrant Officer Upton was one of 22 British soldiers who died in Afghanistan last month -- the bloodi- est month for British forces since the mission began in October 2001. The US has lost more than 700 soldiers since the war began. British losses reached 204 at the weekend. Three soldiers killed in a blast in Afghanistan at the weekend were also named today by the Ministry of Defence. Fusilier Simon Annis from Salford, Fusilier Louis Carter from Nuneaton in Warwickshire and Lance Corporal James Fullarton from Coventry were all 6 Tuesday, 18 August 2009 London Lite Prices correct at time of going to print & valid for a limited period only. All sizes & measurements may vary. Offers subject to availability. Not available from stores in N.I & R.O.I. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY Juice Drink Apple & Mango Orange & Passion Fruit 12 x 275ml 18p/100ml Large Steak Pie Prime pieces of specially selected beef in a rich gravy 680g 19p/100g Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 With a particularly fruity flavour and a pleasing spicy bouquet 13% Vol. 75cl ...HURRY WHILE STOCKS LAST OFFERSPECIAL PRICESPECIAL www.lidl.co.uk Available in-store now! 5.95 Per Pack LESS THAN 50P PER BOTTLE 12PACK Premium Ice Cream Caramel & Cream Pralines & Cream Cookies & Cream Strawberries & Cream Choco & Cream Vanilla Caramel Brownie 5O0ml 24.8p/100ml 500ml TUB 1.242.49 Each 1.292.19 Each PRIME QUALITY BEEF 3.68 Each 3 Pride of the first widow to get new war medalBY MARK BLUNDEN Railfaresdownasinflationfalls fall in revenue from peak fares by increasing the cost of unregulated off-peak, advance and first-class tickets. First Great Western announced it is raising some off- peak fares by up to 20 per cent next month, with car parking charges rising 25 per cent. Gerry Doughty, leader of the TSSA union, urged Transport Secretary Lord Adonis to extend the scope of price-limit regulations. Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT union, said: These RPI figures give the Government an opportunity to turn the tide on years of train fares daylight robbery. All train operators are bound by the regulation linking fares with inflation except Southeastern. It has permission to raise fares by three per cent above inflation to pay for the Kent commuter service to St Pancras International. In memory: Karen Upton wore the Elizabeth Cross, circled, at her husbands funeral today Cont. from Page 1 MESSAGEBOARD: PAGE 10 Honour: Mrs Upton with her late husband, Warrant Officer Sean Upton wore the Elizabeth Cross, circled, at her husbands funeral today index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html