DCLI Memorial laid by Harry Patch, Langemark

WW1 Revisited

On this day in 2009 Great War veteran Harry Patch died aged an incredible 111 years. Often referred to as the ‘Last Fighting Tommy’, Harry Patch had served in Flanders with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry during the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. He was the last surviving British soldier to have served in the trenches of the Western Front when he died and his face and voice have come to symbolise a whole generations of veterans who survived the war. His story has been an inspiration to many, and his story still brings many to Flanders to follow his war and remember all those who fought and died. Despite all this fame the memorial to Harry Patch is little known; tucked away just off the Pilkem-Langemark road close to the Steenbeek river; it is a simple stone recalling one of his visits to the area.

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