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 Henry John “Harry” Patch

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Henry John “Harry” Patch

  • Birth 17 Jun 1898
  • Death 25 Jul 2009
  • Burial Monkton Combe, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
  • Memorial ID 39867273

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





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 25 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39867273
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry John “Harry” Patch (17 Jun 1898–25 Jul 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39867273, citing St Michael Churchyard, Monkton Combe, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .