WW1 vet Harry Patch dies.

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The last British survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch, has died at the age of 111.

Mr Patch was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele at Ypres in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British soldiers died.
RIP.
 
#3
Very sad news indeed.

Rumour was that the "government" wanted to give him a state funeral in due course and that Mr Patch objected strongly- please don't let Brown and his cohorts hijack this.
 
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RIP and what an innings.

Only right that he have a "little bit extra" to mark his passing, maybe not for his funeral mind.

In a way we are saying good bye to thousands who have never had a funeral, to a generation that we will miss and to a man who was (and by his own admission) very lucky and has (by chance) become the figurehead for those lost over the years.

I hope we don't end up with brown and other imbeciles waxing lyrical about how he was the "peoples World War One Trench Veteran" or some such sh1t.

I hope FHM sends off one of their Centuriens in fine style... a lasting reminder to the young lads of today what a true British Man should be.
 
#7
RIP Harry...Good knock old boy!

Strange to imagine that the last of our WW1 veterans has passed, all other information about the great war will be second hand from now on!!...Living history has moved into history!



Edited to add...Treasure our ww2 vets, one day they'll be gone too!!
 
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Have we learned anything from this mans welth of experience about warfare? ------------ Rest now Harry, you old dog, you made it to 111years, ------- the envy of most people!! I salute you sir. :salut:
 
#9
RIP Harry, I have visions of you laid in you bed in the care home, looking out of the window at all the tommies that went before you and they are beckoning you mate, and saying "It's not that bad at all chum"...Stand down..



It's suddenly got very dusty in here...
 
#11
Rest in peace...
 
#15
No State Funeral, but perhaps a Tablet close to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey, recording his passing, I think Mr Patch would like that.
 
#18
RIP and god bless you
 
#19
The Soldier
Rupert Brooke
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN-NIHbfJ1k
 
#20
"Strange to imagine that the last of our WW1 veterans has passed, all other information about the great war will be second hand from now on!!...Living history has moved into history!"

hadn't thought of it like that.
Very sad news, I read his book last year, a very good read and worth making the time for.

RIP Harry, time to catch up with your old muckers from the Duke of Cornwall's LI.
 

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