As the world marks the centenary of the start of World War I, some unique and historic images have been uncovered of the coffin containing the Unknown Warrior, which lies at the west end of the Nave of Westminster Abbey in London.

The Unknown Warrior, whose body was brought from France to be buried on 11 November 1920, lies in a grave which contains soil from France and is covered by a slab of black Belgian marble from a quarry near Namur. It is one of the most symbolic memorials of the Great War, but not many people know that the Unknown Warrior lies at rest in a coffin fashioned from oak taken from a tree in Hampton Court with ironwork by Brunswick ironworks of Caernarfon – and that the coffin was a gift from NAFD forebears, the British Undertakers Association.

Click below to read the story of the Unknown Soldier’s coffin, his repatriation from France and interment in Westminster Abbey, which was published in September’s edition of Funeral Director Monthly.

 The Unknown Warrior’s Coffin