Monday, 27 July 2009

WW1 Veteran, Harry Patch dies aged 111

The last British survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch, has died at the age of 111.

I had the honour of meeting Harry and listening to him speak of his experiences at Passchendaele. Born in Combe Down, Bath, Harry fought on the Western Front in 1917. During WW2 he served with the AFS and experienced the Bath Blitz in 1942.

Harry died in Wells on 25 July 2008, the last of Britain's fighting Tommy's.

Read his obituary here

His life in pictures

His book 'The Last Fighting Tommy' is well worth reading.

Rest in Peace, Harry.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Oldest WW1 veteran dies

Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I veterans, has died at the age of 113.

Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation.

Harry Patch, aged 111, is now the last surviving British WW1 veteran.

Read the full story here

Monday, 6 July 2009

Interviews with WW1 veterans

Interviews with WW1 veterans from the archives of the BBC.
Listen to those who were there describe their experiences in their own words.

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