Harry Patch 110 today

#1
Harry Patch, the second oldest known WW1 veteran, is 110 today.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7458315.stm

The oldest surviving veteran of World War I's trench warfare is celebrating his 110th birthday.

Harry Patch, who was born in Combe Down, Somerset, was a plumber by trade before being called up. He was a private at the Battle of Passchendaele.

A big party is planned at the care home in Wells where he now lives.

Mr Patch attributes his long life to clean living, avoiding what he describes as the "three sins" of smoking, drinking and gambling.

"For many years in Shropshire, I lived quite close to the Welsh mountains," he said.

"Fresh air, no petrol and no cars, that's the secret.
 
#4
Happy birthday Mr Patch...every time I drive past Bristol University I think of you working on that tower...so there is a pretty fantastic monument right off!
 
#6
Many happy returns.

We salute you.
 

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