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Exploring the personal stories and uncovering the mysteries surrounding The Unknown Warrior
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Exploring the personal stories and uncovering the mysteries surrounding The Unknown Warrior
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    To Us They Were Our World - The British Widows of World War One

    To Us They Were Our World - The British Widows of World War One

    For the majority of us interest in World War One is focused on the stories of the soldiers at the front. But what about the families left behind in Britain, and those for which the war brought a deep personal tragedy? In our latest episode we speak to author and historian Andrea Hetherington and uncover the story of those women left widows by the war. The societal pressures mourning widows faced, the deep financial consequences the loss of a main breadwinner could have, and also the very moving personal impact of the loss of a loved one killed a long way from his family and home.
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    • 35 min
    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in France and Italy

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in France and Italy

    Throughout this podcast we have focused on the story of the British Unknown Warrior. But the idea to create a tomb to an unknown fallen servicemen has been taken up across the globe. In our latest podcast speak to academic and historian Laura Wittman about the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in both France and Italy. We explore how each country had their own unique inspiration behind the idea of recovering the body of an unknown soldier to represent the fallen, how the soldier was chosen, and the impact this had on his fellow countrymen. Creating a symbol of national mourning, but also being utilised by a war weary population to help create a better country for those left behind.
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    In This Sign Conquer - The Role of Chaplains in the First World War

    In This Sign Conquer - The Role of Chaplains in the First World War

    Chaplains play a critical role in the story of the Unknown Warrior. From the Reverend David Railton who first conceived of the idea to bring an unknown soldier back from France, to the Reverend George Standing who joined the ambulance crew that drove the unselected unknown's away from St. Pol and into the night. But what was a chaplain's role at the front, and how important were they to the soldiers they served alongside? In this fascinating new episode we speak to academic and researcher Kathryn White and explore the work and role of the padre in the First World War.
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    The Name Beneath the Stone

    The Name Beneath the Stone

    The story of the Unknown Warrior has fascinated generations with its mystery and intrigue. Author Robert Newcome is no exception, his own interest and research into the story led to the creation of his novel The Name Beneath the Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior. Although a work of fiction, the novel explores many parts of the story, whilst linking its mystery right up to the present day. In our latest episode we speak to Robert and explore his own interest in the story, the research process into the Unknown Warrior, and how his own personal connections have influenced his writing.
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    Recovery, Burial and Commemoration - The Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    Recovery, Burial and Commemoration - The Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    The First World War created a unique situation for the recovery of the dead in war. For the first time the public demanded that the mass casualties received by a citizens army should be marked and respected. But how was this vast operation to be mounted, and how were the cemeteries in France and Belgium created? In our latest episode we are joined by Peter Francis from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who discusses body recovery and burial, the organisation that made this huge task possible, and how bodies were identified both in the past and today.
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    The Journey of the Unknown Warrior

    The Journey of the Unknown Warrior

    In many of our previous episodes we've focused on the secret operation that enabled one unknown soldier to be selected as the Unknown Warrior. Historian and writer Andrew Richards explores how the Unknown Warrior made his final journey from the hut at St. Pol to Boulogne, Dover and eventually to Westminster Abbey. The journey was the very first of it's kind filled with symbolism designed to honour the body and the sacrifice of all those who fell on the Western Front.
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Fascinating to learn the story behind it all, listening intently

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The Unknown Warrior Podcast

Just listened to the first episode, well presented & very interesting, looking forward to the next instalment. Highly recommended.

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