July 25th, 2009

Era’s End

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Sad news today with the death of the country’s last WWI veteran, Harry Patch.


Harry died peacefully at his care home in Somerset. Harry became the country’s oldest man following the death recently of 113-year-old WWI veteran Henry Allingham. The third last survivor of the conflict, sailor Bill Stone also died earlier this year. Harry was our last living link to the First World War having fought as a machine gunner in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He fought at Ypres & Passchendale. His war ended in September 1917 when he was hit by shrapnel which killed 3 men of his 5-man machine gun team.

Harry never spoke of his experiences until he reached the age of 100, after which he said that all the killing & death had not been worth it.

Whenever I see news like this I can’t help wondering why there are so few people like Harry & so many people who aren’t fit to lick the shoes of men like the three above, & frustrated that no matter what, some people will never be willing to see the likes of Harry, Henry & Bill as role models.

R.I.P. gentlemen.


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  1. Boy on a bike says:

    My view is that their generation, and the WWII generation, had such a tough life that they did their utmost to ensure that their kids never had to go through what they did. Unfortunately, that turned out a rather wooley-headed generation, who have gone on to implement the stupidest social policies since Herod decided to kill all the first born – all in the name of “niceness”. We must not make it hard on the poor little kittens.

    I can understand why 4 years of blood and slaughter, followed by the Depression, and then 6 years of even worse blood and slaughter, would make you think that way. However, humans are “doing” animals. We need to “do” something to feel alive. Whether we are doing good things or bad things does not matter – it is the doing that matters (like writting a blog for instance – we can’t just loaf around at night doing nothing).

    The welfare state, and the idiot ideas that surround it, have removed much of the imperative for many people to do anything. The result is that they have gone bonkers – like caged animals at a zoo. From that idea comes everything else…..


    July 25th, 2009 at 22:56

  2. Michael Pinkstone says:

    Glad you’ve written about these supreme heroes. And it’s true, there are far too many people who aren’t fit to lick their shoes.

    Res in eternal peace.

    July 26th, 2009 at 01:18

  3. Linda Baki says:

    Wonderful men who had very long lives. Even so, a great loss to their families no matter what great age you reach. Sad the youth of today will not even notice their passing or who they were or what they stood for. R:I:P:

    July 26th, 2009 at 10:06

  4. Alpha Tango says:

    Those great Gentlemen!
    They have shown characteristics of meekness, loyalty,honour,courage amongst other good character traits in extreme conditions, as many of our armed forces are doing now.
    Rest in peace, hopefully Harry is with his mates now. An inspiring read if you havent read his book.

    July 26th, 2009 at 16:36

  5. pchawkeye says:

    Caught a piece of TV this morning as I waited for granny to arrive for her birthday lunch. A scouse family were being shown around a museum in northern Portugal by a Birmingham family who were interested in the Peninsular Wars. The 15yr old scouse was bored to tears and displayed yobbish tendances which really showed his family up, his statement said quite alot though. ” It’s dead boring, if it was that important, they would have taught us it in school” I wonder how long it will be before 15 yr olds are saying the same about the Great War. Schools and parents have a duty here, don’t let the memory of these old soldiers down.

    July 26th, 2009 at 20:02

  6. Fee says:

    God rest his brave soul.

    Somehow, its easier to hear the horror stories from someone you’d describe as “that old bloke down the Legion” rahter than some stuffy academic.

    July 26th, 2009 at 20:10

  7. Tom Gane says:

    I admire this stoicism, and I am pleased that some of the spirit of this Gentleman is being replicated by the forces serving in theatre abroad.

    On a personal note, RIP Messrs Patch and co. You MEN desrve our praise.

    July 28th, 2009 at 15:44

  8. Tom Gane says:

    I admire this stoicism, and I am pleased that some of the spirit of this Gentleman is being replicated by the forces serving in theatre abroad.

    On a personal note, RIP Messrs Patch and co. You MEN deserve our praise.

    July 28th, 2009 at 15:45

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