The world lost our last British WWI veteran last week. Harry
Patch died at he age of 111. Patch was an infantryman who saw
much of the heavy trench fighting of the war, including the
Battle at Ypres, where 300,000 of his comrades were killed. He
returned home in 1917, after being wounded by a shell that
killed three of his closest comrades.
A plumber, then a firefighter, Harry married and lived another
80 years without discussing his experience, avoiding regimental
reunions as they came and went. But at age 100, he decided it
was time to embark on a third career, and began to travel and
tell the world of his experiences.
In 2007, Patch returned to the Passchendaele (Ypres) battlefield
for a commemorative service. Fully aware of the cost of war, he
lay wreaths on both British and German memorials.
On a more peaceful note, I’m attaching my favorite photo from my
trip to England last week: