Harry Patch: 1898-2009

He was the last surviving soldier of World War I, but on Saturday, at the age of 111, Harry Patch died, thus severing the last living link with the 1914-18 conflict. Oddly, the week before, the war’s other survivor, 113-year-old Henry Allingham, also passed away, meaning that this November, for the first time, there will be none of the ‘fighting Tommies’ present at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. The photo, by Don McCullin comes courtesy of this profile of Patch in The Observer.


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