Saturday, 25 July 2009

First Henry Allingham now Harry Patch

It must have been my praise for Henry Allingham a few weeks ago that put the jinx on him, but he's now joined by Harry Patch as having passed away - meaning that there are no more British survivors of World War One, save for Claude Choules who fought in the navy and who lives in Australia.

Apparently, Mr Patch was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele. This was a battle that saw more than 70,000 British soldiers lose their lives and nearly took that of Mr Patch when an explosion killed three of his friends and nearly took his life.

That he went on for the best part of another century is a incredible feat and I think we should all raise a glass to him and his comrades this weekend.

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