A Very Happy Birthday Harry Patch

#1
109 years old today

The last known surviving British veteran of the World War I trenches is celebrating his 109th birthday.

Harry Patch from Wells, Somerset, will have lunch with friends and family before returning to Fletcher House Residential Home for a party.
In a word Harry other than Many Happy Returns for Today I would simply say 'Thanks'.

A true hero and sadly not many left from that Generation now.......
 
#2
Happy birthday sir, and gawd bless ya
 
#3
A very Happy Birthday to you, sir.

I am desirous to see you have a great many more.
 
#5
happy birthday Sir, well done to you and would love to have a chat with you and find out how you think this country has changed over the years. Have a tipple and enjoy, you deserve it. :party:
 
#6
Happy birthday Harry!

We all looking forward to you celerbrating your 110th!!
 
#8
Yes very happy birthday sir its hard to imagine this chap actually fought in the third battle of ypres,( better known as passchendaele )which cost the british /commonwealth 300,000 dead /wounded ,(approx 35 dead for every yard gained), mind numbing figures indeed ,how that generation endured four years of such carnage is beyond me, and i sincerley hope when the last survivor of that war does pass on as a mark of our gratitude and respect , he is afforded a state funeral .
 
#9
auxie said:
Yes very happy birthday sir its hard to imagine this chap actually fought in the third battle of ypres better known as passcendaele which cost the british /commonwealth 300,000 dead /wounded ,(approx 35 dead for every yard gained), mind numbing figures indeed ,how that generation endured four years of such carnage is beyond me, and i sincerley hope when the last survivor of that war does pass on as a mark of our gratitude and respect he is afforded a state funeral .
Having walked amongst the stones and memorials at Tyne Cot Commonwealth war graves cemetery the scale of the loss at Passcendaele is absolutely staggering.

Tyne Cot is the largest British war cemetery in the world. I truly believe it is only by a personal visit can you begin to understand the enormous scale of the loss.
 
#11
geezer466 said:
auxie said:
Yes very happy birthday sir its hard to imagine this chap actually fought in the third battle of ypres better known as passcendaele which cost the british /commonwealth 300,000 dead /wounded ,(approx 35 dead for every yard gained), mind numbing figures indeed ,how that generation endured four years of such carnage is beyond me, and i sincerley hope when the last survivor of that war does pass on as a mark of our gratitude and respect he is afforded a state funeral .
Having walked amongst the stones and memorials at Tyne Cot Commonwealth war graves cemetery the scale of the loss at Passcendaele is absolutely staggering.

Tyne Cot is the largest British war cemetery in the world. I truly believe it is only by a personal visit can you begin to understand the enormous scale of the loss.
Quite right ,i have also visited tyne cot and it is a sight which will live with me for life its not until you actually ses magnitude of the place can you begin to realise what these figures mean, and even more sobering is the fact that for every soldier lost in that awful saleint only about 1 in 8 have a known grave, the rest are still undiscovered in those few square miles if ther ever was a hallowed place then the ypres saleint is it
 
#12
Happy Birthday Harry! The Pilkem ridge is stunning this week. I have never seen so many poppies on the verges as this year! A toast to you Sir!
 
#14
Happy birthday Sir. I will raise one to you tonight, and the memory of your friends who made the ultimate sacrifice.

To you long life and good health, cheers.
 
#18
A belated Happy Birthday, Sir.
 
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