The Last Fighting Tommy

PUBLISHED: 13:31 16 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010

The Last Fighting Tommy

The Last Fighting Tommy

HARRY Patch is a remarkable man who has survived to the age of 109 years. He was an ordinary soldier in extraordinary circumstances: the last survivor of the trenches of the Western Front in the First World War. And he has vivid memories of the times and

HARRY Patch is a remarkable man who has survived to the age of 109 years.

He was an ordinary soldier in extraordinary circumstances: the last survivor of the trenches of the Western Front in the First World War.

And he has vivid memories of the times and the horrors of when he was a machine gunner with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

He was one of the survivors of Passchendaele: seen as the slaughter of a generation.

There is much compassion in his words and a search for the reasons behind the war which, as has been said, was the war to end all war.


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