Harry Patch celebrates his 111th birthday in June 2009 at his Somerset care home. Photograph: Jason Bryant/PA
Today is the day that Harry Patch, having lived 111 years on the earth to become last surviving “Tommy” of the first world war, is laid to rest in Wells, Somerset.
Like Henry Allingham, who died aged 113 just weeks ago, Harry kept silent for over eight decades about the horrors he witnessed in the trenches.
Many would say it was characteristic of that generation to simply remain quiet. Harry Patch, like millions of other young men, put themselves on the front line in the name of duty – “king and country”.… Seguir leyendo »