Sadly, only a week after the death of Henry Allingham, Saturday 25th July 2009 saw the passing of Harry Patch, the last remaining British veteran of World War I.
Born in 1898, Harry saw action at Passchendaele and his experiences and opinions were such that he never spoke of the war for 80 years. He was interviewed for a documentary in 1998, and in 2007 collaborated on the book “The Last Fighting Tommy”.
His accolades include receiving the Legion d’Honneur (on his 101st birthday), Knight of The Order of Leopold (from Belgium), and on the death of Henry Allingham just two weeks ago, became Europe’s oldest man and last surviving WWI veteran.
Like Henry, I am unlikely to forget Harry’s passing either – it occurred on my 40th birthday!
“Lest we forget …“
Harry Patch (1898-2009)
aged 111 years