Harry Patchs Funeral

#1
On BBC news Channel now, a wonderfull turnout for Mr Patch RIP
 
#2
British,French ,German, Australian and Canadian uniforms seem to be in the bearer party
 
#6
PrinceAlbert said:
tropper66 said:
British,French ,German, Australian and Canadian uniforms seem to be in the bearer party
German??!?!
If I heard it correctly on the news this morning, the German presence was at Harry's request. Reconciliation and all that...

Fair enough, if you ask me.
 
#7
My dad knew Harry, and took me to meet him once. Was a couple of years ago now.

He was of course very frail and had trouble holding his head up; speaking was clearly a considerable effort. However, his eyesight was fine (he recognised my dad at some distance across the room) and when I made the mistake of assuming he was hard at hearing he upbraided me gently: 'You don't have to shout, I'm not deaf!'
 
#10
Petriburg said:
PrinceAlbert said:
tropper66 said:
British,French ,German, Australian and Canadian uniforms seem to be in the bearer party
German??!?!
If I heard it correctly on the news this morning, the German presence was at Harry's request. Reconciliation and all that...

Fair enough, if you ask me.
It was his party....
 

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#11
I was travelling last week so missed the Arrse condolences thread - but for what it's worth:

Rest In Peace Mr Patch - and thanks. Hope your old muckers are there to meet you.

Lee Shaver
 
#13
A dignified service but I couldn't help thinking that the friend of his with the beard came over all 'happy clapperish' during the eulogy.
 
#15
RIP Mr Patch!
 
#17
BarryBuddon said:
A dignified service but I couldn't help thinking that the friend of his with the beard came over all 'happy clapperish' during the eulogy.
Sorry Budds, but..

I'm sure Harry Patch would have appreciated the fact that his pal used anecdotes and a bit of humour to remember him by. Too much religious mumbo jumbo in a service doesn't reflect a squaddie IMHO.

Much better to be remembered like he was by his pal. If it were his auld pals sitting in a pub celebrating his wake it would have been much the same.

Most of the folk there never met him, but didn't Harry want to be remembered as just a normal bloke?

Edited to add; the BBC's coverage was kack. I was able to watch until the hearse moved off, they shifted it to multiscreen and then that went down.
 
#19
Sparky2339 said:
BarryBuddon said:
A dignified service but I couldn't help thinking that the friend of his with the beard came over all 'happy clapperish' during the eulogy.
Sorry Budds, but..

I'm sure Harry Patch would have appreciated the fact that his pal used anecdotes and a bit of humour to remember him by. Too much religious mumbo jumbo in a service doesn't reflect a squaddie IMHO.
I'm no bible thumper myself but I think Sir Richard Dannat, for one, might disagree with that, "sweeping statements" etc? It's a funeral after all, not a stag-night, impotant to get the balance right and all that, IMHO. :wink:
 
#20
Interesting thread. I am going to try and find t'internet coverage. Please don't turn this into another RIP fest Arrsers, the man deserves better than that.

IMO.
 

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