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Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:19 pm

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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RE: Final British WWI Soilder Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:24 pm

Very sad - and a significant event historically.
 
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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:47 pm

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.

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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:29 pm

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
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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:48 pm

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.
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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:44 pm



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

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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:55 pm

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...
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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:24 am

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.
 
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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:11 pm



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...

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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Final British WWI Soldier Dies Aged 111

Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:51 pm

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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