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HARRY PATCH 110 YRS OLD TODAY

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LindainBerkshire1736004

LindainBerkshire1736004 Report 17 Jun 2008 07:32

Just seen on the news that it is Harry's birthday today.
He is 110years old.
A survivor of WW1

Congratulations Harry

Regards Linda :o)

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 17 Jun 2008 07:41

Thank you, Linda.

Happy birthday to Harry Patch, the last surviving "Tommy" who served on the Western Front.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 17 Jun 2008 07:50

A fantastic age.

I hope he has a very happy day.

Gwyn

Sheila

Sheila Report 17 Jun 2008 07:55

What a Wonderful Event ! Happy Birthday Harry :O)

Sheila

(¯`*•.¸*Karen on the Coast*(¯`*•.¸

(¯`*•.¸*Karen on the Coast*(¯`*•.¸ Report 17 Jun 2008 07:58

Hppy Birthday Harry,

a truly mazing man......Britains Last Tommies is a book everyone should read.......it had me in tears many times over,

Karen x

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 17 Jun 2008 08:03

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsdetail&asset_id=518694

Article Published: 20 May 2008

The Leeds City Council Chelsea Flower Show garden entry, sponsored by The Royal British Legion, has been awarded a Flora Silver Gilt award.

The WW1 themed garden,"The Largest Room in the House", is being shown in the year of the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War and is based upon the famous garden at Talbot House ('Toc H') in Poperinghe near Ypres, where British soldiers were able to rest between periods on the front line.

The last surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches in the First World War Harry Patch, made a special visit to ‘The Largest Room in the House’ on 19th May. During his time in Ypres, he took refuge at the Toc H garden along with his comrades, in between periods of fighting in the battle of Passchendaele.

Mr Patch served with the Duke of Cornwall's light infantry and was called up for service while working as an 18-year-old apprentice plumber in Bath. During the fighting he was badly wounded and three of his best friends were killed when a shell exploded just yards from where he was standing.

This year, 90 years after the guns fell silent in 1918, Harry Patch became a Royal British Legion member – at the grand old age of 109. He would have been 23 years old when the Legion was founded in 1921.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 17 Jun 2008 08:13

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7458315.stm

The oldest surviving veteran of World War I's trench warfare is celebrating his 110th birthday. Harry Patch, who was born in Combe Down, Somerset, was a plumber by trade before being called up. He was a private at the Battle of Passchendaele.

A big party is planned at the care home in Wells where he now lives.
"For many years in Shropshire, I lived quite close to the Welsh mountains," he said. "Fresh air, no petrol and no cars, that's the secret."

In 1999 he received the Legion D'Honneur medal awarded by the French government to some 350 surviving WWI veterans who fought on the Western Front.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 17 Jun 2008 09:12

Lest we forget ...

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 17 Jun 2008 09:12

congratulations Harry Patch - well done indeed - my Dad's last remaining sibling was 102 in April and still going strong - d'ya fancy a date Harry - she's Welsh!!!!

lots of love, Ann XXX

Stephanie

Stephanie Report 17 Jun 2008 16:56

Happy Birthday, Harry - congratulations!!!

Special Love & Cuddles

Steph xxx

Carole

Carole Report 17 Jun 2008 17:05

remarkable man

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust***

***Julie*Ann***.sprinkling fairydust*** Report 17 Jun 2008 17:10

congratulations to dear old harry,
110 years young
bless him,
sending him hugs and a kiss
xxx

SilverLady

SilverLady Report 17 Jun 2008 17:26

Congratulations Harry (who was born the same year as my Dad who also fought in WW1)


Love and Peace
Marianne.

Mauatthecoast

Mauatthecoast Report 17 Jun 2008 17:37

Happy Birthday Harry,lovely man!

There is a wonderful video clip on BBC web site, Harry with Andrew Motion.poet laureate,I think it's very moving
Mau

~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~  **007 1/2**

~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 17 Jun 2008 18:07

Happy Birthday Harry :-)

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 17 Jun 2008 18:14

God Bless you Harry,


Happy Birthday,


Caz xxx