Thursday, 6 August 2009

Harry Patch: Peace At Last

Harry Patch, our final WWI veteran, was laid to rest today after passing away at the age of 111.

His death means that WWI has passed from living memory into history, and the last person to talk of the horrors of Passchendaele et al can speak of it no more.

Harry didn't talk of his experiences in the trenches until he was 100 when he realised that he was one of the few remaining people who could.

He said of that experience: "War is organised murder, and nothing else. At the end, the peace was settled round a table, so why the hell couldn't they do that at the start without losing millions of men?"

As befits a man of peace, his final gesture was to have representatives of the German, French and Belgian armies in attendance at his funeral, but requested that no military firearms should be displayed.

Rest in peace Harry, rest in peace.


Iota said...

He sums it all up, really.

Linda said...

Hello, thought this was a great post and it's important to remember Harry and the others of course. I've just put a piece up at from a mum went to the National Memorial Arboretum, looks a fantastic place to go.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great tribute....This was a great post...I had a few hours to blog hop tonight. I enjoyed reading yours...So glad I stopped by. I love making new blog friends.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

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Claire said...

I went to Belgium to see the trenches and the war graves. It was an amazing experience and incredibly humbling.

Kelloggsville said...

lovely post - I really wanted to post on this and couldn't fin dthe right words, I am impressed with your - thank you

notSupermum said...

Claire, thanks for visiting. I would like to do that one day. I can imagine how moving it must have been.

Kellogsville, thanks for visiting - great name btw! Thanks, I was very sad to hear of his passing and also that of Henry Allingham the other remaining veteran who died the week before. Very sad.