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A Service to mark the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior

A Service to mark the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior

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A special service on Armistice Day, Wednesday 11th November, will mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

The service will be broadcast live on BBC One, and include the national two-minute silence at 11:00am.

The service will commemorate the funeral of an unknown British serviceman, the Unknown Warrior, whose body was brought from Northern France and buried at the west end of the nave on 11th November 1920 to represent all those who lost their lives in the First World War but whose place of death was not known, or whose bodies remained unidentified.

The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, will lead the service, which will include an Address from the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby.

Live coverage from the Abbey will be presented by Huw Edwards on BBC One from 10:30am – 11:45am during a programme which will also celebrate the centenary of the unveiling of the Cenotaph. BBC Two will screen highlights at 7:00pm.


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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at the service will be by invitation only.

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I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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