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Last British WW1 veteran has died and another era closes

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Times were certainly different back in the days of World War I. Stealth bombers, mobile communications, terrorists and satellite navigation systems were all a long way off yet.

The battles were in the trenches – and they were brutal.

Harry Patch, Britain’s last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.

Patch, who died last night (NZ time) at 111, was wounded in 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, which he remembered as “mud, mud and more mud mixed together with blood.”

via Last British WW1 veteran dies – World – NZ Herald News.

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July 26, 2009 Posted by | hero | , | Comments Off on Last British WW1 veteran has died and another era closes

Founding member of the RAF and WWI veteran dies aged 113

Henry Allingham, the world’s oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, has died at the age of 113, his care home has said.

Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation.

via BBC NEWS

July 18, 2009 Posted by | hero | , | Comments Off on Founding member of the RAF and WWI veteran dies aged 113