Breaking news is that Harry Patch, the very Last Tommy, is dead. Only a week after Henry Allingham died, he’s gone too. In response to Henry’s passing, I went and ordered a few of their books from Amazon. Because of the time lag, I haven’t even read them yet, so when I do, it will have extra poignancy, I suppose.
When chanting this morning, I finished at 11:11 by my atomic clock. I thought about the significance of the 11th hour at that moment.
Now I find that Harry Patch has died at the age of 111. 08:52 BST apparently. All these people in the pictures I took at Passchendaele in 2003, died when Harry Patch was there in WW1. The little plaque for H.J. Martin was propped up against one of the big wall plaques, so I took this photo as I thought it wouldn’t last long. I don’t know who placed it.
Harry Patch later said “War is a calculated and condoned slaughter of human beings”.
It’s a funny old world. We’re still doing it.
This is him at Passchendaele a couple of years ago.