P Posted by Sandra on March 21 2016 0 Comments Harry Judd, McFLY, News

Harry travelled to France to attend a service for his great-great uncle who served during World War I

The drummer joined his relatives to remember Padre Alan Cecil Judd exactly 98 years after he died.

McFly’s Harry Judd paid a touching tribute to his great-great uncle at a service to remember him.

The drummer travelled to France to honour Military Cross-winning Padre Alan Cecil Judd exactly 98 years after he died in World War I.

He was joined by his relatives, including wife Izzy and their eight-week-old daughter Lola at the rededication ceremony at the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery in the village of Villers-Plouich, near Arras.

Paying tribute to his great-great uncle the 30-year-old said: “We were all incredibly moved to hear about our relative and to be here today is quite something.

“The lesson that we can take is the kindness that he gave. To show kindness is something that really hit home for me. And the story itself on how (his discovery) came about is also incredible.

“A chaplain who wrote about chaplains from WWI, there was this unmarked grave and it was him who was responsible for taking it forward and finding out who Alan was.”

Speaking alongside his family after laying a wooden cross by Rev Judd’s headstone, he added: “I’m very proud to be able to bring my daughter here today, who is Alan’s great-great-great niece.

“She is eight weeks old today and it is 98 years since Alan died. We are all very proud and privileged to be here.”

It was little Lola’s first trip abroad.

Rev Judd, who was attached to the 2nd/5th Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters, was killed instantly aged 31 after being hit by a hand grenade as he went to the aid of a comrade on March 21 1918.

St Paul’s and Oxford-educated Rev Judd, who was one of nine children, was buried as an “unknown soldier” at the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery.

His identity was sought for many years by a group of other padres who cycled around France’s military cemeteries.

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