'The Unknown Warrior' at the Great Dorset Steam Fair Great War 100th Anniversary Commemoration

Crowds of visitors to the five day Great Dorset Steam Fair flocked to see 'The Unknown Warrior' which was exhibited as part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the start of The Great War in 1914. This year a display of special vehicles including a Sopwith Pup bi-plane that would have seen action 100 years ago were displayed in a special area of the Steam Fair, which ran from 27th-31st August, next to a specially recreated area of trenches that showed the harsh conditions of trench warfare.

The latest progress of 'The Unknown Warrior' could be seen together with a special display of two original  'Patriot V.C.' nameplates inside the new LMS-Patriot Project marquee. 'Private W. Wood V.C.' and 'Private E. Sykes V.C.' were proudly on display.

The Project received tremendous support for our 'Pound for the Patriot' campaign which raised around £6500 with Gift Aid, from generous donations in our collection buckets from the Steam Fair visitors many of whom were seeing 'The Unknown Warrior' for the first time! Together with sales, raffle and 17 new Members which have so far signed up, the Project raised around £9000 during The Great Dorset Steam Fair.

A huge thank you from all the Project team to everybody who stopped by to chat to us and who made donations during the 5 days. The muddy conditions did not dampen anybody's enthusiasm and we look forward to bringing back 'The Unknown Warrior' as a completed engine to Dorset.


Photos by Andrew Laws

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