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PostSubject: Unknown Warrior   Fri 07 Nov 2014, 09:28

This is a question that appeared in the Radio Times back in June at the time of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

As far as I am aware, it has never been answered, so here it is.

Who is the soldier in the front of this picture? What we do know is that it is a still from movie footage of Number 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, approaching Queen Red Sector, Sword Beach on the 6th June 1944.


Ian Carter, Archivist, Imperial war Museum, writing in the RT.

"Unfortunately the identity of the man at the front isn't known. Over the years he has been claimed by quite a few people who believe they recognise a relative"






Can R H  solve this?
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PostSubject: Re: Unknown Warrior   Fri 07 Nov 2014, 13:07

D & E Troops of Number 4 Commando being briefed aboard Maid of Orleans prior to landing.

I cannot see him amongst these troopers, unless someone else can spot him;

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PostSubject: Re: Unknown Warrior   Mon 10 Nov 2014, 13:26

Can anyone recognise him amongst these pictures?

http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/4/troop+photos/
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PostSubject: Re: Unknown Warrior   Fri 14 Nov 2014, 14:03

It seems that the Unknown Soldier buried in Westminster Abbey, may be not as randomly selected as is usually thought;


from Wiki;
Arrangements were placed in the hands of Lord Curzon of Kedleston who prepared in committee the service and location. Suitable remains were exhumed from various battlefields and brought to the chapel at Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise near Arras, France on the night of 7 November 1920. The bodies were received by the Reverend George Kendall OBE. Brigadier L.J. Wyatt and Lieutenant Colonel E.A.S. Gell of the Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries went into the chapel alone. The remains were on stretchers each covered by Union Flags: the two officers did not know from which battlefield any individual body had come. Brigadier Wyatt with closed eyes rested his hand on one of the bodies. The two officers placed the body in a plain coffin and sealed it. The other bodies were then taken away for reburial by Kendall.

It seems highly likely that the bodies were carefully selected and it is almost certain that the Unknown Warrior was a soldier serving in Britain's pre-war regular army and not a sailor, airman, or Empire Serviceman.
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PostSubject: Re: Unknown Warrior   Fri 14 Nov 2014, 14:12

The United States military have an Unknown Warrior for World Wars One and Two plus Korea. There was one for the Vietnam War, however thanks to advances in DNA testing this individual was subsequently identified as Air Force First Lieutenant Michael Blassie.
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