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And then there were 3.

Another end of an era:

The last British survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch, has died at the age of 111. Mr Patch was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele at Ypres in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British soldiers died.

According to the BBC, there are now only 3 surviving WWI Veterans:

John Babcock, who turned 109 on 23 July, was with Canada’s Boys Battalion in England but the war ended before he turned 18 and could go to the front

– Frank Buckles, 108, joined the American army aged just 16 and was held in reserve in England from December 1917. After six months he was sent to France but never saw action on the frontline.

– Claude Choules, 108, served with the Royal Navy during World War I. Originally from Worcestershire, he now lives in Perth, Australia.


1 comment to And then there were 3.

  • Anything from the enemy side? No Germans, Austrians, Hungarians? From our other allies? Japanese, Russian, Italian? French? Belgian? Geez, either we are a hardy bunch us Anglo-Saxons, or we aren’t keeping good records from around the world…

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