Day 7 Wednesday, 11 November – Armistice Day
A hundred years ago today the oak coffin of the Unknown Warrior, draped with the Union flag, was taken off a train at Victoria Station and placed on a black gun carriage pulled by six black horses, a veteran gun team of the war affectionately known as the “Old Blacks”.
Vast crowds had gathered to witness its solemn procession to Westminster Abbey, where the coffin was lowered into the floor and a stone slab placed over the grave.
At last there was a funeral; finally there could be some closure. Slowly but surely, one by one, the lamps could start to be relit. “Unknown and yet well known, dying and behold we live” (2 Corinthians 6:9).