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21 March 2016

Decorated First World War padre honoured almost 100 years after he was killed

The re-dedication of the grave and headstone of Reverend (Captain) Alan Cecil Judd MC - temporary chaplain 4th Class attached to the 2/5 Sherwood Foresters at the time of his death, took place on March 21, 2016 at the CWGCs Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery in France.

The re-dedication of Padre Judd's headstone, was presided over by the Chaplain General and head of the Royal Army Chaplain's Department, Reverend (Major General) Dr David Coulter accompanied by eight other Chaplain's from the department.

The padre was buried as an unknown soldier of the Great War.

On the night of March 20/21 1918, the 59th Division was holding the front line of the right flank of the 6th Corps round Bullecourt.

The 178th Infantry Brigade was holding the right forward sector, with the 7th Sherwoods on the right front, 2/6 Sherwoods on the left front and 2/5 Sherwoods in support immediately North of the village of Noreuil, the latter under command of Lieutenant Colonel Gadd, with Major Trench as second in command.

Revd Judd was killed going to the assistance of Major Trench.


First World War soldier to be honoured 99 years after he was killed

The re-dedication of the grave and headstone of a previously unknown Welsh Regiment soldier, Private Fred Holland, will take place at 11.30am on March 22, 2016 at the CWGC Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France. 

The rededication to honour Pte Holland takes place almost 99 years after he was killed on April 24, 1917.

In April 1917, the 8th, 40th and 20th Divisions were in a position to launch the Fourth Army's thrust towards the Hindenburg Line.

The objective of the Welsh was the high ground south-east of Villers-Plouich. By the early morning of April 24 1917, all objectives were reported to be in the battalion's possession and consolidation was in hand. The advance, according to the battalion's adjutant, was made as coolly and steadily as if on parade ground.

It was during this action that Pte Holland was killed.

The re-dedication service will be attended by the CWGC, regimental representatives, local representatives and family of Pte Holland.


Decorated First World War soldier honoured 100 years after his death

The re-dedication of the grave and headstone of Corporal Thomas Houston, who was buried as an unknown soldier of the Great War, will take place on March 24, 2016 at Bancourt Cemetery in France.

Cpl Houston died on March 24, 1918 during the early stages of the German Spring Offensive.

Documents held by the CWGC concerning burials at the CWGC Bancourt British Cemetery indicated the grave now known to be Cpl Houston's, was that of an unknown Private who was a signaller.

It was noted that the individual was awarded the Military Medal and was in possession of the Mons Ribbon, a reference to the 1914 Star Medal.

The re-dedication service will be attended by the CWGC, regimental representatives, local representatives and the MOD's Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre.