Abbey to mark Warrior centenary
Thursday, 29th October 2020
Westminster Abbey will mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior with a special service on Armistice Day, Wednesday 11th November. The service will be broadcast live on BBC One, and include the national two-minute silence at 11:00 am.
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 idea for the burial came from a chaplain at the Western Front, the Reverend David Railton who wrote to the then Dean of Westminster, Herbert Ryle who strongly supported the idea at the highest level with King George V, and the then Prime Minister David Lloyd George.