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Posted: 26-Jul-2009, 09:32 AM
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Harry Patch the last British Veteran of the Great War passed away on 25 July 2009, He was 111 years old. Harry fought at Passchendaele (3rd Ypres) in 1917 and was seriously wounded ( He got a Blighty) and was sent back to England where he spent his life as a plumber in the Bristol area. There are now only two surviving veterans of the Great War one an American and one a Canadian.


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Posted: 26-Jul-2009, 11:20 AM
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Posted: 26-Jul-2009, 01:24 PM
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This is so sad. They will never be forgotten. Soldiers are true heroes. He lived a long life.

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Posted: 26-Jul-2009, 02:13 PM
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For The Fallen. (Laurence Binyon 1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady, and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.








               
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Posted: 26-Jul-2009, 03:26 PM
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It is sad to loose our old ones. But we must remember that he survived that conflict, and lived to 111 years old. He had a life longer than most will have.
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Posted: 30-Jul-2009, 09:11 AM
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As I am reading about Harry Patch at 11:09 est. Amazing Grace is playing. God Speed to ya Harry and all veterans.
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