The War Memorial to the Staff of the GWR may be found next to platform 1 against the wall and close to the statue of Paddington Bear.
The statue features an Unknown Soldier reading a letter….
A campaign was launched some time ago for people to write a letter to this soldier and it eventually resulted in a book called “Letter To An Unknown Soldier. If you could write a letter to a First World War soldier, what would you say?” by Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett. Published by Harper Collins. It was a very interesting campaign that raised a lot of awareness of the 100th anniversary of World War One. However, it appears as of this statue was not the one that was the “Unknown Soldier” but rather, a copy of this one.
The reality is, the memorial is really to the staff of the Great Western Railway; Paddington Station being their terminus in London.
The Roll of Honour is contained inside the plinth in a sealed casket which was made at the GWR’s Swindon Works. It lists the names of all 2,524 employees who died in the First World War
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