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We invited over 50 established writers from across the UK to be the first to write a letter to the unknown soldier.

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On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in a year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – we invited everyone to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter.

The response was extraordinary.

As they arrived, all the letters the soldier received were published here. Using the search boxes, you can also look through the archive for letters by specific people, by location, by theme, or by keywords.

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Anne Christine Ryles, Executive Officer, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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I look at you and I no longer see bronze—I see letters. I wish our words could heal you.

Editorial Moderator Team, 19-23, Unknown Soldier Project

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Is there anybody there? / Quiet / Not a sound / Is anyone around?

Elaine, Henley-on-Thames

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Stephen R Young, 63, Military, Clear Spring, Maryland, USA

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