Letter to an unknown soldier

“This year’s commemoration of the outbreak of the 1914-18 War will feature the beginning of a 5 year cultural programme: 1418-NOW. We would like to invite members of your Regiment and Regimental Association to participate in Letter To An Unknown Soldier, which is the ​​major project of 1418-NOW this summer.

Letter To An Unknown Soldier will create a new war memorial and a national work of art.   Letter To An Unknown Soldier invites people to write a personal letter to the Unknown Soldier, as depicted by the figure on the war memorial at Paddington Station, London; the statue stands in full trench uniform, reading a letter.  The letters will be collected and published on-line between 28 June and 4 August.   All the letters will then form an official archive housed in the British Library, available to future generations and adding to the nation’s collection of war memorials.

Download the PDF HERE



On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter.

On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in this year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – we’re inviting everyone in the country to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter.

All of the letters that the soldier receives will be published here, for everyone to read.

Please add your voice to our project.

Official Website HERE

Joanna Lumley reads letter to unknown soldier – HERE

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The Times Britain at war
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