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Defence in the Media: Wednesday 07 November 2018

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Today’s defence-related news includes coverage of the burial of an unknown British soldier of the Lancashire Fusiliers at the Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium.

Burial at Tyne Cot Cemetery

The Mirror, Times, Guardian and the Sun report on a burial ceremony, noting the efforts to trace the identity of the unknown soldier when he died fighting in the battle of Passchendaele in West Flanders.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said:

We owe these soldiers a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and it is fitting that we can at last give them a deserved military burial here in Belgium.

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, it is a poignant and timely reminder of the bravery of our Armed Forces. Throughout our country’s history, they have given everything to keep us safe, and continue to do so today at home and abroad.

War Widows Pension Scheme

The Express reports on the War Widows Pension scheme to focus on the fact that the Government changed the rules in 2015.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Service families make an immense contribution to this country and the decision to allow war widows to keep their pension for life regardless of remarriage reflects our commitment to supporting the bereaved. We will continue to consider the potential options within our financial and legal boundaries.

Image of the day

A remembrance display outside the Tower of London
This November, as the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow:

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