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Susanna Reid discovers great uncle was a WW1 hero

Susanna Reid stumbled across a long-lost secret while researching a distant relative who fought in World War One.

Sidney Howard Welch, Susanna's great uncle on her mother's side, served with the Royal artillery and was awarded a Military Cross in 1918, for an act of bravery during the war.

Through information from Jessamy Carlson, at the National Archive, it emerged Sidney was injured twice - he had a hernia trying to move a gun, under shellfire in 1915 and then he was shot through the hand in 1918 which fractured his finger.

Sidney's officers record shows he signed up in March 1909, was already in service before WW1 was declared, aged 18 and 11 months.

He started as a driver and became gunner, bombadier, corporal and sergeant, he started WW1 as corporal, ended as sergeant.

Susanna went to the National Archives to find out more about her great uncle. Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

A cutting from the London Gazette said Sidney was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and bravery in the the line of duty.

He was on duty as a forward observation officer during an attack and was commended for his bravery under enemy attack.

Medal expert Roan Hackney explained the significance of the Military Cross and what it meant for the few soldiers who were awarded it.