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The Last Tommy - Harry Patch RIP

Posted on Mon, 27 July 2009 by Phil Mussell - General News, Medal News

It is with great sdaness that we learn of the death, at 111, of Harry Patch, former private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, last survivor of the terrible trench warfare of World War I.


Harry took part in the third Battle of Ypres in 1917 (better known as Paschendale) and was invalided out after a shell exploded on his machine gun party, killing his three comrades and wounding him with shrapnel. He was the last British resident eligible to wear the World War I "pair", Henry Allingham, ex RN and RAF last survivor of Jutland having died at age 113 last week.