SIR,—It is commonly supposed in England that the idea of a national tomb for an unknown warrior originated in this country. In the interests of historical accuracy surely the point is one that ought to be cleared up by the present generation.
The Sheffield Telegraph claims that its weekly edition, published on October 18, 1919, was the first newspaper to give publicity to the idea in this country, but it declares that credit in the first place should be given to El S'eculo of Lisbon, which put forward the suggestion that " in the most splendid cathedral of each of the allied nations the glory of the private soldier should be commemorated for all time . . . by the burial in the vaults of the buildings of one nameless hero, unrecognised and at present buried as unknown '." The translation was published in the Sheffield paper, it is stated, under the headline, " Can we not adopt this idea?"
Leeds. J. F. FIELDING.