Did The Unknown Soldier Receive A State Funeral?

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  1. Was in a pub quiz recently and one of the questions was "Who was the first commoner to receive a State Funeral?" The correct answer as given by the quizmaster was Sir Winston Churchill but I argued that this was wrong.

    I read a book a few years ago about the story of The Unknown Soldier (selection of body, journey from Europe to UK etc) and I could swear that the fellow was given a State Funeral.

    Apologies if I'm incorrect, but it seems like a major error if the Unknown Soldier didnt receive one.
  2. Mr_Fingerz

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  3. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    "They buried him among kings"

    The Actual "Unknown Soldier" - Remembrance Day - WW1 - YouTube

    A few other notable people and former prime ministers have been awarded a full state funeral.

    Admiral Robert Blake (1657)
    Sir Isaac Newton (1727)[3]
    The Viscount Nelson (1806)
    The Duke of Wellington (1852)
    The Viscount Palmerston (1865)
    The Rt Hon William Gladstone (1898)
    The Earl Roberts of Kandahar (1914)
    The Earl Haig (1928)
    The Lord Carson (1935)
    The Rt Hon Sir Winston Churchill (1965)

    Benjamin Disraeli was offered the honour of a state funeral, but refused it in his will. The famous nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale was also offered a state funeral, but her family opted for a private ceremony.