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THE DECISION

In October 1920 the Dean of Westminster Abbey, acting on a suggestion from a wartime padre who remembered a grave in the trenches marked 'Unknown soldier' wrote to the King suggesting an unknown body from the battlefields of France and Flanders should be disinterred and reburied with full military honours in Westminster Abbey. The King did not much like the idea, believing that it would be distasteful and ‘would reopen the war wound which is gradually healing.’ Undeterred the Dean contacted the Prime Minister who was enthusiastic and persuaded the King to change his mind.