|PVT HARRY PATCH AT AGE 109. IN 2009 THE LAST SURVIVING "TOMMY" OF WORLD WAR I|
25 July 2009: Harry Patch,the last British man to have served in the trenches during the First World War has died aged 111 years. He served as a private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
[Harry Patch signed a map of Ypres
Recently, at the age of 110, he travelled to Ypres to take part in various ceremonies, which included signing a map of the Ypres battlefield where he fought on 16 August 1917, to be presented to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
[ Memorial at Ypres
a photograph shows the memorial which Harry had arranged to be placed at the spot where he and his comrades advanced on that day.
The citation reads:
Here, at dawn, on 16 August 1917, the 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 20th (Light) Division crossed the Steenbeek prior to their successful assault on the village of Langemarck.
This stone is erected to the memory of fallen comrades, and to honour the courage, sacrifice and passing of the Great War generation. It is the gift of former Private and Lewis Gunner Harry Patch, No. 29295, C Company, 7th DCLI, the last surviving veteran to have served in the trenches of the Western Front.