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World’s Oldest Man Henry Allingham Dies, Harry Patch Endures

henry-allingham-young1FORMER first World War veteran Henry Allingham, 113, died today. How should he be remembered? Is he forever the old man at the ceremony to the fallen? Or the young man who went to war?

How do you mark the death of man who lived so long?

Mr Allingham’s death means that Harry Patch, 111, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is now Britain’s oldest man. It is not yet known if he now takes on Mr Allingham’s title of world’s oldest man. Mr Patch, known as the Last Tommy, is Britain’s last living soldier to have fought in the mud-soaked battle of Passchendaele in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British troops died.

Posted: 18th, July 2009 | In: Reviews | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0