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"THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR"





The Unknown Warrior being transported back to Britain from France, 1920

Below - the arrival of the gun carriage bearing the Unknown Warrior at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London for the unveiling ceremony by King George V, 11 November 1920.

On... the morning of 11 November 1920 - the second anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One - the body of the Unknown Warrior was drawn in a procession to the Cenotaph. This new war memorial on Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, was then unveiled by George V. At 11 o'clock there was a two-minute silence, and the body was then taken to Westminster Abbey where it was buried at the west end of the nave. To the surprise of the organisers, in the week after the burial an estimated 1,250,000 people visited the abbey, and the site is now one of the most visited war graves in the world. The text inscribed on the tomb is taken from the bible (2 Chronicles 24:16): 'They buried him among the kings, because he had done good toward God and toward his house'.

The Unknown Warrior en route to the Cenotaph Service, Whitehall, London


Service at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London






The casket, at rest, in Westminster Abbey, London. It had been borne into the West Nave flanked by a guard of honour of 100 recipients of the Victoria Cross. Guests of Honour at the Service included 1,000 widows and mothers, 100 women who had each lost their husband AND all of their sons, and 100 nurses who had been wounded or blinded at the Front.

 

                 

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