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    RIP. Harry Patch.






    Harry Patch, the last survivor of World War One to fight in the trenches, has died.
    He passed away at Fletcher House, the care home in Somerset where he was living. He was 111.
    The care home released a statement which read: "It is with much sadness that we must announce the death of Mr Harry Patch at the age of 111."
    The statement continued: "Funeral arrangements are being made in accordance with Mr Patch's wishes, and we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the residents and staff of Fletcher House."


    Mr Patch, known as the Last Tommy, fought in the battle of Passchendaele in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British troops died.
    He became Britain's oldest man when another veteran of the war, Henry Allingham, died on July 18 aged 113.
    Mr Patch was a machine-gunner in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He served in the trenches as a private from June to September 1917.
    Born on June 17 1898, he grew up in Combe Down, near Bath, and left school at the age of 15 to train as a plumber. He was 16 when war broke out and reached 18 as conscription was being introduced and after six months training he was sent to the front line.
    Mr Patch joined two other veterans of the First World War - Mr Allingham and Bill Stone - to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in central London on Armistice Day last November. All three men have now died.
    At the time he said: "I am very happy to be here today. It is not just an honour for me but for an entire generation. It is important to remember the dead from both sides of the conflict. Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims."

    Goodnight Harry and all. Thankyou.
    basil.

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    At the time he said: "I am very happy to be here today. It is not just an honour for me but for an entire generation. It is important to remember the dead from both sides of the conflict. Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims."

    How amazing to have such a clear and able mind to make the above statement aged 111

    Respect and gratitude to them all..

    Terry

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    Hats off Gent/Ladies ,
    May we never suffer his past! or his memories !
    Trapper.

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    we could all learn a little from harry patch a true gentleman who was put through some horrific times
    if you ever get the chance to see any of the programs he made or read his book do so, he really was a very humbling man wish i could of meet him
    R.I.P Mr Patch and thankyou for all you did for or country and our freedom
    Daniel

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    What I find disgusting is that Gordon Brown is quite happy to wrap himself in the Union Jack over soldiers from generations ago...with all the nonsense of a memorial service to the long dead...but in 2009 is trying to limit pay outs to the generation now being maimed in service or in training.

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    Nothing new there ES. My father briefly enjoyed a pension after losing a lung during WW2 but then had it taken away because he had the temerity to find a job to keep himself productive. Forty years later the MOD medics finally agreed they were wrong and reinstated it. Eighteen months later he died. I bet Whitehall couldn't believe their luck. As in all other aspects of conflict its always the poor sods at the bottom of the ladder that get the worst kicking - and that need not always be at the hands of the enemy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares
    What I find disgusting is that Gordon Brown is quite happy to wrap himself in the Union Jack over soldiers from generations ago...with all the nonsense of a memorial service to the long dead...but in 2009 is trying to limit pay outs to the generation now being maimed in service or in training.
    Spot on my friend its a bloody disgrace

    Terry

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