My unknown soldier
Have a read through Laura McLintic's war poem - before she narrates it to The Queen!
The Battle of Passchendaele
Laura was inspired to write 'My Unknown Soldier' after a trip to the Flanders battlefield when she was 13.
She said: "We visited the cemetery and were given crosses to put on the graves of unknown soldiers. I used my birth date - June 21st - to chose grave 21 in the sixth row.
"I went back three years later and visited him again. I had thought about him in between visits and it prompted me to write the poem."
Now Laura is returning once more to the grave site to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele at Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres.
In 1917, the three month battle for the village of Passchendaele saw the Allies lose half a million men; the Germans 250,000.
Awful weather reduced the battlefield to a mud bath and the conflict is remembered as being emblematic of the horrors of industrialised warfare.
1917 - Tyne Cot
Laura returns to the scene on 12th July 2007 to pay tribute by reading her poem - metres away from Her Majesty The Queen.
"I'm terrified!" joked Laura. "But I'm very proud and all my friends and family are very proud. It will be incredible to go back there."
My Unknown Soldier by Laura McLintic
Three years ago I found you,
Passchendaele - the horrors of war
While I've been living my busy life,
Many men have crosses
last updated: 26/06/07