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I found this a fascinating read.

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Post by fmspet » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:21 pm

On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. There the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. A French honour guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight. On the morning of the 8th, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court was brought and the unknown warrior placed inside. On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed '( a British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for king and country'.

On The 9th of November, the unknown warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through guards of honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There it was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Vernon bound for Dover..... the coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by the French honour guard.

On arrival at Dover, the unknown warrior was greeted with a 19 gun salute, normally only reserved for field marshals. He then traveled by special train to Victoria Station London.
He stayed there overnight and on the morning of the 11th of November, he was taken to Westminster Abbey.

The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served at the front during the great war and it was the union flag he used as an altar cloth at the front, that had been draped over the coffin. It was his intention that all relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the unknown warrior could very well be their lost husband, Father, brother or son....

Every year on the 11th of November we Remember the unknown warrior....At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.


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Post by xLc » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:32 pm

Thanks for posting that. I did not know the story of the unknown warrior.
Ive already read it out to my mrs and will do so to my son when he gets home.
Things like this should never be forgotten.

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Post by sillyhilly0 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:31 pm

Brought a tear.
I always park my van up and listen to Big Ben on radio 4 on the 11th hour of the 11th month as a mark of respect.

We must remember them.

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Post by Schrodingers Cat » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:33 pm

Did anyone see Peter Jackson's remastering of WWI black & white footage into full colour last night on the box?


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