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John Nichol: The Unknown Warrior

John Nichol: The Unknown Warrior

During World War I, the British Empire lost over one million soldiers, with nearly half of them never receiving proper burials. The vastness of the conflict, the devastating power of explosives, and the brutal conditions of war left many casualties unidentified or unrecovered. Families were left without closure, with names unpaired with bodies and bodies or fragments without identification.

John Nichol, a former RAF Tornado Navigator and Gulf War POW, embarks on a poignant journey to uncover the emotional tale of the Unknown Warrior interred in Westminster Abbey, emphasising our enduring need to honour and mourn the fallen.

The theatre tour promises a remarkable, fascinating, and deeply moving experience, especially for fans of 20th-century and military history. John Nichol will guide audiences through an emotional and personal journey, retracing the Unknown Warrior’s path from the battlefields of Northern France to Westminster Abbey, where he was laid to rest 'Among the Kings'.

The story of The Unknown Warrior will be vividly portrayed with haunting visuals and an evocative soundscape, transporting audiences back to a time of intense public sorrow and reflection, capturing the fervour of generations past.

But how did this plan come to fruition? Who was this 'unknown' man? How was he selected, and from where? What were the logistical challenges of repatriating a single body while preserving its anonymity?

To shed light on this century-old story, John retraces the Unknown Warrior’s journey home through discussions with relatives of those involved, research from long-forgotten archives, and insights from modern experts. By speaking with those who have recently lost loved ones in more contemporary conflicts, he reflects on our ongoing need for a tangible place of rest to truly mourn the fallen. As Remembrance Sunday approaches, he examines how individuals and nations have commemorated the sacrifices of the dead throughout history.

Above all, The Unknown Warrior is a quest to understand the true essence of camaraderie, sacrifice, and remembrance.

“It is rare to find a tale so strange, intimate and human yet at the same time so enormous, so global in its importance. Yet again John Nichol impresses us with his ability to weave together the little details and the grand narrative.” - Dan Snow, Historian. Advance review of The Unknown Warrior – A Personal Journey of Discovery and Remembrance.

John Nichol:

During his 15 years in the RAF, John Nichol flew Tornadoes in Air Defence and Ground Attack roles around the world. He and his pilot John Peters were shot down over Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War.  Captured and tortured, they were paraded on TV, provoking worldwide condemnation, and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. 

John is the bestselling author of 18 books, including Tornado Down (with John Peters), which describes their POW ordeal, its prelude and aftermath, and inspired an award-winning Channel 4 documentary. His most recent books, Spitfire, Lancaster, Tornado and EJECT! EJECT! have all been Sunday Times bestsellers.

John has made several TV films with Second World War veterans and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs

Tickets: £27.50
Concessions: £26
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£26 - £27.50

  • Tue 22 Oct 7:30 PM £26 - £27.50