Simon Weston CBE addresses the audience prior to the new crest unveiling (1)

Simon Weston CBE unveiled the new crest of the new national memorial engine at Crewe Heritage Centre, writes Jonathan White.

The Welsh Guardsman became a national hero after surviving an attack on his ship the ‘Sir Galahad’ during the Falklands War and overcoming his devastating burn injuries.

Now he is a tireless charity worker, public speaker, author and businessman, and is a patron of The LMS-Patriot Project.

The new build Patriot class steam locomotive, numbered 5551 and named The Unknown Warrior, commemorates the lives of those lost in the two world wars and in more recent conflicts.

On completion, it will be a lasting, moving memorial for the British public to see and cherish.

It is being built by The LMS-Patriot Project who have trial fitted the part-finished boiler to the chassis of the loco.

Simon Weston CBE views the new crest after the unveiling (1)

The boiler is the first standard gauge boiler to be built in the UK since 1962.

It is hoped the engine will be completed to re-enact the journey of the Cavell Van from Dover to London Victoria on its Centenary in November 2020. For further information visit:

There was also a ‘Rails and Remembrance’ exhibition telling the story of the role railways played during the Great War and how several Remembrance engines were built as a memorial to the employees of railway companies who gave their lives in the conflict.

(Images and words by Jonathan White)

Simon Weston CBE with dignitaries after the unveiling (1)

The Unknown Warrior - the new crest - In memory of the fallen (1)

The Unknown Warrior number 5551 - Patriot class steam locomotive (1)

Visitors view The Unknown Warrior and display boards (1)

One Comment

  1. I designed the new crest above the nameplate! And I live in Nantwich.

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