10th November Unknown Warrior Commemoration

Please join us on the 10th November 2016 at 8pm, between Platform 8 and 9 , Victoria Train Station, London.

The event is FREE to attend and starts promptly at 8pm.

Each year at 8.00pm on 10th November, the London Branch of The Western Front Association working together with and support from The Western Front Association holds a ceremony of commemoration at Victoria Station to remember the arrival of the Unknown Warrior.

The Unknown Warrior

The body of the Unknown Warrior, sealed in a casket, was brought to Platform 8 at Victoria Station on 10 November 1920 at 8.32pm. An overnight vigil was maintained by Servicemen.

On the morning of 11 November 1920, the casket was placed onto a gun carriage of the Royal Horse Artillery and drawn by six horses through immense and silent crowds.

As the cortege set off, a field marshal’s salute was fired in Hyde Park.

The route followed was Hyde Park Corner, The Mall, thence to Whitehall and the Cenotaph. After the unveiling of the Cenotaph, the cortege was followed by the King, the Royal Family and ministers of state to Westminster Abbey.

The casket was borne into the West Nave of the Abbey flanked by a guard of honour of one hundred recipients of the Victoria Cross.

The guests of honour were 1,000 widows and mothers, including 100 women chosen because they had each lost their husband and all of their sons, and 100 nurses wounded or blinded at the Front.

The coffin was then interred in the far western end of the nave, only a few feet from the entrance, in soil brought from each of the main battlefields, and covered with a silk pall.

Servicemen from the armed forces stood guard as tens of thousands of mourners filed silently past.

This is an annual public act of remembrance organised by the Victoria Station WFA London Committee with the help and support of The Western Front Association (London Branch) and The Western Front Association together with the help and support of many other individuals, volunteers and organisations, to whom we are full of thanks and gratitude for supporting this event. 
Thank you also to all those that have supported this event over the years by attending and remembering.

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