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Subject: War hero Sir Tasker Watkins dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/09/07 at 5:03 am

Sir Tasker Watkins, one of Britain's greatest war heroes, recipient of the Victoria Cross and an eminent retired judge, has died at the age of 88.

He was a former Welsh Rugby Union president and the national team will wear black armbands in their opening World Cup game in Nantes.

He was 25 when he won the Victoria Cross in 1944 for his bravery with the Welch Regiment in northern France.

He died in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, in the early hours.

Sir Tasker had been in hospital for the past few weeks after a fall at his home in the Llandaff area of the city.

He was born in Nelson, near Pontypridd, on 18 November, 1918, a week after the end of World War I.

The son of a miner, he won a scholarship to Pontypridd County School. He was almost 21 when World War II broke out and he joined the Welch Regiment.

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Subject: Re: War hero Sir Tasker Watkins dies

Written By: danootaandme on 09/09/07 at 9:30 am

A  true Working Class Hero    RIP  Sir Tasker

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