To Bear Our Un­known War­rior

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The Most nlikely Hero who fea­tures in “This Eng­land” Sum­mer 201 , Cap­tain Charles Fry­att, was in­deed, as your ar­ti­cle says, brought from Dover to Char­ing Cross by spe­cial train.

Not only was the train spe­cial, but the wagon in which the co n was trans­ported to Lon­don was also spe­cial. The pro­to­type of its class, it was built for the South East­ern and Chatham Rail­way, num­bered 132. nown as the Cavell Van, it was used to con­vey all three mar­tyrs from Dover to Lon­don Nurse Edith Cavell, May 15, 1919 Cap­tain Charles Fry­att, uly , 1919 and the nknown War­rior, Novem­ber 10, 1920.

With­drawn from ser­vice in 1946, Van 132 was dis­cov­ered in stor­age at Hoo unc­tion, pur­chased and de­liv­ered to the ent and East Sus­sex Rail­way at Ten­ter­den in 1992.

It was then re­stored to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion by peo­ple who were un­aware of its his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance un­til they found its records.

It is now used in house dis­plays at events of na­tional im­por­tance in which it took part.

Hence the ap­pear­ance of Van 132 out­side the Fo­rum Civic Cen­tre in Nor­wich through­out Oc­to­ber 2015 as part of the ac­tiv­i­ties com­mem­o­rat­ing the life and legacy of Nurse Edith Cavell. n hon lo s shi

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