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The Last Fighting Tommy | [Harry Patch, Richard van Emden]

The Last Fighting Tommy

Harry Patch, the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, is now 109 years old and one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflict. After a rural childhood in Somerset, Harry left school in 1913 to become a plumber. Three years later he was fighting in the mud and trenches during the Battle of Passchendaele. He saw a great many of his comrades die, and in one dreadful moment the shell that wounded him killed his three closest friends.
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Harry Patch, the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, is now 109 years old and one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflict.

After a rural childhood in Somerset, Harry left school in 1913 to become a plumber. Three years later, he was fighting in the mud and trenches during the Battle of Passchendaele. He saw a great many of his comrades die, and in one dreadful moment the shell that wounded him killed his three closest friends.

Harry vividly describes the terror and intensity of daily life in the trenches. The Second World War saw him in action on the home front as a fire-fighter during the bombing of Bath. Late in life, Harry achieved fame, meeting the Queen and taking part in the BBC documentary The Last Tommy, finally shaking hands with a German veteran of the artillery, and speaking out frankly to Prime Minister Tony Blair about the soldiers shot for cowardice in the First World War.

This is the story of an ordinary man's extraordinary life.

©2007 Richard van Emden; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[An]extraordinary autobiography... a moving, non-sentimental account by the very last witness of a devastating four years in Britain's history." (Daily Mail)

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  • Richard
    Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    1/24/09
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    "Haunting & Inspiring"

    A fantastic story from a truly fantastic man, highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    ELY, United Kingdom
    11/25/12
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    "Harry Patch"

    This is a nice book, but please do not think it is about the First World War, this is a book about Harry Patch, a great man, but it is not a soldiers story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    salford, United Kingdom
    10/16/12
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    "lovely book"

    this book made me think of the sacrifices the men of the wars made for us, really funny in places too !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    Roade, Northants, United Kingdom
    11/9/08
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    "History in your own lifetime."

    Made you appreciate what these young men went through not so very long ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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