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Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Judge's daughter 'led life to the full'
Amelia Ward
Amelia Ward was an "inspiration" to all she met
The family of Amelia Ward, the judge's daughter killed by a rock fall in South Africa, described her as "unsullied perfection", at her funeral service.

More than 400 mourners packed into Temple Church, off Fleet Street in central London, on Wednesday.

Miss Ward died in the KwaZulu-Natal region on Saturday 18 August.


I will never know why you cannot stay with me but I know you are with me forever. I will never forget a single moment we had together

Kate Ward, Amelia's twin sister
Victoria Robinson, a teacher at the City of London School for Girls and the expedition leader, told the congregation on Wednesday, that Amelia had reacted with characteristic "energy and enthusiasm" to the offer of the trip.

She said Amelia had seen Africa as a place to "challenge herself", doing things she never thought she could do, including conquering her fear of heights.

Mrs Robinson said: "Amelia lived her life to the full right to the end. She was an inspiration to all those around her. I am proud to have known her."

Amelia's twin sister Kate, who was with her when she died, told the congregation: "Mia, I feel such emptiness and sadness, you were so beautiful, talented and kind-hearted.

'Tragic death'

"I will never know why you cannot stay with me but I know you are with me forever. I will never forget a single moment we had together."

Her father, Lord Justice Ward, praised Kate for her fortitude in the face of her sister's tragic death.

He told the congregation Amelia was "utterly serene and completely at peace".

And he described her as a "perfect daughter and perfect sister". He said: "She touched all of whom she came in contact with, family, friends, strangers.

"Age shall not weary her because Amelia for us, was and is unsullied perfection."

Among those at the church were Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, whose 17-year-old son Matthew Mills was a former boyfriend of Amelia.

'Stunning and graceful'

In a tribute, he said: "You were my first girlfriend, I will remember you as a stunning, graceful and intelligent 16-year-old."

Following the service Amelia's coffin, covered with yellow roses, was taken to a private burial service at a cemetery close to the family's home at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

In her memory, Amelia's family have set up a fund to establish a drama prize at City of London School for Girls.

The teenager, who scored outstanding results in her GCSE results last week, loved to act and would be proud to help others, said a family friend.

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