Saturday, 25 July 2009

Last Veteran of the Trenches passes away

Harry Patch, the 'Last Tommy' to have served in trenches of WWI passed away today, just a week after Henry Allingham, the last surviving veteran of the Battle of Jutland.

I don't think this is a time for political commentary on that war, current wars or the nature of war, it is a time for a few thoughts for the passing of a generation who quietly and honourably served their country. For several years a small handful of increasingly frail supercentenarians have had to shoulder the burden of being the last living representatives of a generation of young men who were sent to fight a war - sometimes pointlessly, sometimes necessarily, but always honourably.

We will remember them, and those in Afganistan and elsewhere who have paid the ultimate sacrifice today.

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