Harry Patch Memorial

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As it’s Remembrance Day (or Armistice Day) today, I thought that today’s photo should respect the sacrifice made by all our servicemen and women in the name of peace. Outside the Museum in Wells is the Harry Patch Memorial – a place where the life of the last World War I veteran is celebrated. The inscription says:

The last fighting Tommy
Pte Henry John Patch (Harry)
C Company 7th D.C.L.I.
17th June 1898 – 25th July 2009
Age 111
Fought in the battle of Passchendaele
During the 1914 – 1918 war
Freeman of the City of Wells
also representing all the brave young men
lost in the Great War

Harry Patch is famous for writing the book “The last Fighting Tommy” about his experiences during World War I. He was the very last soldier to survive and died in 2009 aged 111 years old. He was an exceptional man. If you want to find out more about him please click on the link: http://www.normandycoysomersetarmycadetforce.org.uk/Normandy_Coy_-_Events_(Harry_Patch_Memorial).html

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