Harry Patch Memorial, Flanders

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.

3 Comments on “Harry Patch Memorial, Flanders

  1. Does it not also mark the spot near where he lost his pals?

  2. Paul, You have a wonderful website. Thank you. I am wondering about the color of phosgene when it was released in Flanders in April and December, 1915. Accounts typically refer to gas, grouping all the gases, as yellow or green, but I found in a reference to phosgene as being pale blue. Thank you for any help you can give to clarify this point for me..

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