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Memorial service for Sir Tasker
Barry John at Sir Tasker Watkins' memorial service
Welsh rugby legend Barry John was among those paying tribute
A memorial service has been held for former Welsh Rugby Union president, judge and war hero Sir Tasker Watkins.

Sir Tasker, who became the first Welshman to be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War II, died in September at the age of 88.

Leading figures from Welsh public life and sport were at Saturday morning's service at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, close to where Sir Tasker lived.

Some 650 mourners filled the cathedral for his funeral in September.

Sir Tasker was WRU president for 11 years, and the national team wore black armbands in tribute to him for their opening game in the Rugby World Cup.

At the age of 25, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest honour for gallantry, for an assault on a German machine-gun post in northern France.

Sir Tasker Watkins
Sir Tasker Watkins was president of the WRU from 1993 to 2004
After the war ended he took up law as a career and rose through the legal system to become deputy lord chief justice.

He acted as deputy to the attorney-general in the tribunal into the 1966 Aberfan disaster when a coal tip slid onto the south Wales valleys village, killing 144 people, 116 of them children.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan, who was among those at the service, has described him as "one of the outstanding Welshmen of the 20th Century".

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