Event Name A Service to Mark the Passing of the World War I Generation
Start Date 11th Nov 2009 11:00am

Sixteen million people died in the First World War. The grim death toll included 885,000 British soldiers, sailors and airmen and another 109,000 civilians.

This year saw the passing of the UK’s three remaining First World War military veterans – 108-year-old William Stone in January, 113-year-old Henry Allingham at the end of July and 111-year-old Harry Patch a few weeks later.

On Wednesday 11 November 2009 Westminster Abbey remembered the passing of their generation. The service was attended by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh together with senior politicians, military commanders, the families of the thousands of ex-servicemen who gave their lives and hundreds of people from all over the country who simply wished to pay their own tribute.



Contemporary newsreel footage shows the arrival of the coffin of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey. Vintage sound recordings also allow us to listen to the hymns sung at the burial service which followed.

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