'I hope you will keep it...'

In November 1920, the body of an unknown, unidentifiable British soldier was taken from the battlefields of France and returned to Britain to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

A single rose from one of the wreaths that accompanied the Unknown Warrior on the journey came to hold special significance for one family.

Laura Clouting, author of A Century Of Remembrance, tells the story in this video.

The rose was on display as part of Lest We Forget?, from 27th July 2018 to 24th February 2019. 

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