For the uninitiated: Harry Patch

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Henry John “Harry” Patch (1898 – 2009) was a conscripted soldier who fought and was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

At the time of his death, aged 111 years, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day, Patch was the last surviving soldier known to have fought in the trenches of the First World War.

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Harry’s war ended on the 22nd of September 1917, after he was wounded by an explosion that killed three of his comrades. This date became his personal remembrance day, although he never spoke about his experiences until he was over 100 years old.

Armistice Day is nothing but a show of military force, Remembrance Day is when I lost three mates. Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves.  Harry Patch

Harry Patch (In Memory of)

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