So Farewell then, Harry Patch

Harry Patch fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I
Harry Patch fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I

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.

Lance Corporal Henry John Martin at Passchendaele
Lance Corporal Henry John Martin at Passchendaele
Passchendaele
Passchendaele

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.

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