Peter Hoskin

In memory of Harry Patch

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The death of Harry Patch, the last British survivor of the WW1 trenches, is certainly an occasion for sadness.  But it is also an occasion to remember, honour and - yes - celebrate the tremedous sacrifices that he and his generation made, as well as the sacrifices that British servicemen continue to make, on our behalf.  Patch and Henry Allingham - who passed away last week - were decent, heroic men.  We should be proud there are thousands more like them.