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Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111  
User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

Merely days after the world's oldest man and WWI veteran Henry Allingham dies. The last Brit to see the horror of the trenches passes too.

Quoting BBC:

"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.

He was raised in Coombe Down, near Bath, and had been living at a care home in Wells, Somerset


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This leaves Claude Choules, a seaman, as the only British WWI veteran alive.

How many are left from other nationalities?

[Edited 2009-07-25 05:32:41]

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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Very sad - and a significant event historically.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

This was the generation of my great-grandparents, the last one of them died in the 1970s (though all on my dad´s side were regular pre-war NCOs with a previous 12 year career in the Kaiser´s Army, who got reactivated when the war started.

Jan


User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

The last Australian WW1 digger passed away a couple of years back.

Looks like there's only 3 survivors left....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_veterans_of_World_War_I



Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

This most valued generation of WWI fighterrs is almost extinct.
Both my grandfathers were in the war. One of them I never had the chance to know.
He was gone before I was born. The other granfather whom I can remember, died of cancer.
They were both in the trenches and the Marne taxis.
These WWI soldiers all had a really hard life. A very cruel war.
It is amazing how some of them lived really old.
I hope there will be a lot of testimonials left from these people so the truth will not be distorted.

RIP Mr Harry Patch.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1622 times:



Quoting Melpax (Reply 3):
Looks like there's only 3 survivors left....

That is correct;

Frank Buckles of the US
John Babcock of Canada
Claude Choules of the UK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ng_World_War_I_veterans_by_country

Rest well, my friend, you earned it.


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

Isn't it amazing? Millions of men fought in that war, and now, 90 years later... only 3 are left. In 25 years or so, we'll be having the same discussion about World War II vets, and that will be the true tragedy once the last vet of that war dies...


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

At the most recent November 11th national Rememberence Day, the final three British WW1 veterans, Harry Patch, Bill Stone and Henry Allingham, together were the centrepeice of that most solemn of events.
Now they are all gone.
But they all lived very long lives, unlike all too many of those they served with.
Every day after the Armistice was a bonus for them, they made it, survived it.

RIP Harry.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1406 times:



Quoting San747 (Reply 6):
Millions of men fought in that war, and now, 90 years later... only 3 are left. In 25 years or so, we'll be having the same discussion about World War II vets, and that will be the true tragedy once the last vet of that war dies...

Correct


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

This sad news also brings an understanding of just how long the impact of any war lasts.

We still have other vets from other wars that need the care of their nation, and will need this care for around three quarter of a century after the end of their conflict.

So let's remember the duty of a nation when we remember the duty honored of their men in uniform.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13208 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

An obituary, which well illuminates what Harry Patch and countless of his comrades endured.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/25/harry-patch-obituary


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