A British soldier killed by a bomb planted by Maoist activists in Hong Kong has been honoured more than four decades after his death. Sergeant Colin Workman, a 26-year-old bomb disposal expert with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, had been in the colony for less than a fortnight when a bomb he was trying to disarm on August 28, 1967, exploded at the summit of Lion Rock, throwing him more than 60 metres down a cliff. He left a wife, Maureen, and two-year-old son, Steven. Maureen was pregnant with their second child, a daughter, when Workman was killed. The couple, both from Northern Ireland, had met through the army and married in the early 60s before relocating to Singapore for work. Maureen, who remarried and moved to New Zealand in 1974, was presented with the Elizabeth Cross last Thursday by the British high commissioner, Vicki Treadwell, at the British consulate in Auckland. The medal, named after Queen Elizabeth, has since 1948 been given to relatives of British armed forces personnel killed in action or through terrorist attacks. At the ceremony, Maureen, now in her 70s, recalled her disbelief at hearing her husband had been killed. She had just returned from a holiday in Northern Ireland with Steven when her father broke the bad news and immediately flew to Hong Kong. Treadwell said the ceremony had been filled with mixed emotions. 'Obviously, there was sadness at the recollection but pride and happiness at the recognition and honour,' she said. 'Maureen was absolutely delighted. She was almost on the verge of tears as it was really moving. Colin Workman's story was a very human one that reminded us the cost of terrorism then and now.' Treadwell said Workman's 92-year-old mother, who lives in Britain, was sent pictures of the ceremony. Steven Farrar, 45, said he was proud of his father and still wears the Seiko he had been wearing when he died. 'It was scratched and a bit dirty inside but all I had to do was give it a clean and now it runs beautifully.' Farrar, who researched the circumstances of his father's death, said Workman was reportedly the only British soldier to have been killed in Hong Kong during the Maoist uprising, in which activists inspired by the Cultural Revolution reportedly planted 8,000 bombs across the city and were responsible for 51 deaths. On the day Workman died he had already dismantled a bomb on Lion Rock before spotting another nearby. It is understood the bomb was booby-trapped under a flag bearing Chinese characters. A doctor was airlifted to the scene but Workman died before help could reach him. He was buried in Hong Kong.