McFly’s Harry Judd at service for war hero

Harry Judd, right, with his father Christopher, his wife Izzy, left, and daughter Lola, and his mother Emma at the grave of a previously unknown decorated WW1 padre. ANL-160329-163834001
Harry Judd, right, with his father Christopher, his wife Izzy, left, and daughter Lola, and his mother Emma at the grave of a previously unknown decorated WW1 padre. ANL-160329-163834001
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McFly drummer Harry Judd - whose parents live in Clare - travelled to France recently to take part in a war grave rededication service in honour of a decorated relative who died in World War One.

Along with his wife Izzy and baby daughter Lola, Harry joined his mother Emma and father Christopher, and relatives of the Rev (Captain) Alan Judd MC, a war hero buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in France.

Rev Judd died in March 1918, aged 31, but because all his records were lost, his final resting place was not known until the Ministry of Defence identified his grave and set about tracing his relatives to take part in a rededication ceremony.

Harry’s father Christopher said: “It was a fantastic surprise to receive a letter from the Ministry of Defence informing us that the Rev Alan Judd’s final resting place has been discovered.

“All the family are proud and humbled that, unusually for a chaplain, Alan was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attending the wounded under shell fire.

“We will share in this special occasion and stand in the place of his bother, brothers and sisters, all of whom suffered immensely from losing a member of their immediate family.”