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Harry Patch
Birth: Jun. 17, 1898
Death: Jul. 25, 2009

Military Figure. He was Britain's last surviving World War I combat veteran. Called up for military service in 1916, he was trained as a machine-gunner in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, British Army. On September 22, 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium, he was seriously wounded by shrapnel and three other members of his machine gun team were killed. Removed to a medical aid station, he was told there was no anesthetic but he agreed to go ahead with surgery to extract the shrapnel from his stomach. After the war he became a plumber, married and raised a family; he subsequently outlived two more wives and both of his sons. During World War II he served in the London Volunteer Fire Service in rescue and fire-fighting after German bombing raids. He has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II, received the Legion d'Honneur from the French Government in 1999 and awarded Knight of the Order of Leopold from Belgium in 2008. He died of natural causes at age 111. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
St Michael Churchyard
Monkton Combe
Somerset, England
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 25, 2009
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Mr. Harry Patch was a man amongst men!He was a war veteran, and one who was not afraid to speak of the futilities of warfare!He did forfill his duty, but did not aim to kill..For this he has my eternal respect!
- ShadowBoxer
 Added: Mar. 4, 2014

- barette j-louis
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
thinking of you today RIP
- bob moore
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
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