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Student reads WWI poem to Queen
Laura McLintic
Laura McLintic wrote the poem after visiting an unknown soldier's grave
A Black Country student is to read a poem to the Queen as part of events marking the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Laura McLintic, 21, of Smethwick, wrote My Unknown Soldier after a trip to the World War One battlefield when she was 13-years-old.

The three-month 1917 battle for the village saw the Allies lose 500,000 men and the Germans 250,000.

Ms McLintic will read the poem at Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres on 12 July.

Passchendaele

The University of Wolverhampton student said: "It's an amazing honour and I'm very proud and all my friends and family are very proud of me. It will be incredible to go back there."

It is thought the poem was spotted by the committee organising the 90th anniversary commemorations after it was included in a book published in Belgium.

Laura first visited the cemetery as a party of children from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.

She will be joined by her mum, step-dad, grandparents, younger sister and fiance when she visits next month.




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