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Last Fighting Tommy Signed Copy[Ebook] ➠ Last Fighting Tommy Signed Copy ➦ Harry Patch – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Harry Patch, the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, is one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflictHarry vividly remembers Harry Patch, the last Tommy Signed PDF Æ British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, is one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflictHarry vividly remembers his childhood in the Somerset countryside of Edwardian England He left school into become an apprentice plumber but three years later was conscripted, serving as a machine gunner in the Duke of Cornwall s Light Infantry Fighting Last Fighting ePUB ✓ 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 kill his three closest friends In vivid detail he describes daily life in the trenches, the terror of being under intense artillery fire, and the fear of going over the top Then, after the Armistice, the soldiers frustration at not being quickly demobbed led Fighting Tommy Signed eBook ☆ to a mutiny in which Harry was soon caught upThe Second World War saw Harry in action on the home front as a fire fighter during the bombing of Bath He also warmly describes his friendship with American GIs preparing to go to France, and, years later, his tears when he saw their gravesLate in life Harry achieved fame, meeting the Queen and taking part in the BBC documentary The Last Tommies, 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 The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary man s extraordinary life Please note eBook edition does not the contain the images included in original print edition. Harry Patch was the last surviving fighting soldier of the First World War He died in 2009 at the age of 111 He lived a very ordinary life and didn t talk about his wartime experiences until he reached 100 This is an autobiography put together by Richard van Emden from a series of tape recordings Patch was quite a regular in documentaries and programmes about the war in the last ten years of his life Patch was born in 1898 and the book takes us through his life there is nothing sensational Harry Patch was the last surviving fighting soldier of the First World War He died in 2009 at the age of 111 He lived a very ordinary life and didn t talk about his wartime experiences until he reached 100 This is an autobiography put together by Richard van Emden from a series of tape recordings Patch was quite a regular in documentaries and programmes about the war in the last ten years of his life Patch was born in 1898 and the book takes us through his life there is nothing sensational, it is an ordinary life with its ups and downs Descriptions of a childhood in the Somerset countryside near Bath and teenage years as an apprentice plumber Patch was called up and first saw action in 2017 at Ypres during the battle of Passchendaele He was part of a Lewis Gunner unit, a group of six who all worked very closely together Patch describes the awfulness of trench life and the experience of being under relentless shellfire The inevitable happens and Patch s team are hit by a shell Three of his friends are killed instantly and Patch is hit in the stomach by a piece of shrapnel It is worth remembering that the conditions in the medical facilities near the front were also very basic Patch recalls that the doctor told him that they were going to remove the shrapnel without anaesthetic as they had run out That was the end of the war for him He also saw action of a sort in the second world war as a fire fighter as there was a period when Bath was bombed quite heavily and that held its own horrors The rest of the book simply runs through his life at work and in retirement and finally the very busy last ten years of his life.There were lots of warm words about Patch from the establishment and the military, but I remember seeing him on TV and listening to him on the radio, against the backdrop of the Iraq war and Afghanistan His words were not comfortable War is organised murder and nothing else Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder We are two civilised nations British and German and what were we doing We were in a lousy, dirty trench fighting for our lives For what For eighteen pence a flipping day I was taken back to England to convalesce When the war ended, I don t know if I wasrelieved that we d won or that I didn t have to go back Passchendaele was a disastrous battle thousands and thousands of young lives were lost It makes me angry Earlier this year, I went back to Ypres to shake the hand of Herr Kuentz, Germany s only surviving veteran from the war It was emotional He is 107 We ve had 87 years to think what war is To me, it s a licence to go out and murder Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn t speak All those lives lost for a war finished over a table Now what is the sense in that This stands in contrast with some of the hypocrisy shown after his death by the state Patch had been offered a state funeral, but had declined it He also didn t mark Armistice Day, preferring to make his own remembrance on the anniversary of the death of his friends He was taken to a few commemorations during the last years of his life He was though capable of ignoring protocol as he did giving a speech at the Menin Gate Let us remember our brethren who fell on both sides of the line It seems appropriate to finish with some of Owen spowerful lines If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the frothcorrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori I really enjoyed reading this book about Harry Patch the last Tommy the oldest surviving veteran of the trenches.Harry reached the age of 111 and I believe he wrote his memoirs at the age of 105 sharing his memories with all of us.Even though I was born years after the war I shall be forever grateful to men like Harry and it was a privilege to read about his life.This to me is real history, the history of an ordinary man who turned out to be anything but ordinary.God bless you Harry Patch. In university in France, I was waiting for a friend and exploring around The one thing that really caught my attention was a memorial to the young men who had died in World War I Their names, age, and year of death were listed So young, and so many So much potential lost It was one of those eye opening moments I ve not really wanted to read much about this period till now but I have remembered that memorial Very clearly.Harry Patch was not among them Well, for one, he was British, and fo In university in France, I was waiting for a friend and exploring around The one thing that really caught my attention was a memorial to the young men who had died in World War I Their names, age, and year of death were listed So young, and so many So much potential lost It was one of those eye opening moments I ve not really wanted to read much about this period till now but I have remembered that memorial Very clearly.Harry Patch was not among them Well, for one, he was British, and for another, he never went to university But he was yet one amongst so many young men whose lives were changed forever by a senseless war The last WWI veteran in Britain, Patch died in 2009 at the age of 111 The man had seen society change beyond belief, and two senseless worldwide wars It s truly an experience, that He was a serious young man who knew what he wanted from life He was all set out to be a plumber and had enough backing from his well to do family to do so In the middle of all his plans, the war happened Patch did not really believe in going to war but he decided to do what everyone perceived as his duty Let s be honest here I would not have enjoyed this book if Patch had been one of those bloodthirsty young men who wanted to spend their lives targetting Germans He had his head screwed on right and from beginning to end deplored war In fact, he has some pretty radical ideasI mean, why should I go out and kill somebody I never knew and for what reason I wasn t at all patriotic I went and did what was asked of me and noIn fact, he even goes as far to come out with the best rebellion he can in the trenches He refuses to killThe team was very close knit and it had a pact It was this Bob said we wouldn t kill, not if we could help it He said, We fire short, have them in the legs, or fire over their heads, but not to kill, not unless it s them or usI wonder how many soldiers decided to do this in war Patch has the right ideasI felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murderWow You d expect a 111 year old man to get it wrong, but he doesn t War thirsty youngsters, learn something It s clear that Patch was extremely anti war But this book is not just about his wartime exploits It covers his whole life all 108 years of it he died three years later He talks about his wife, his sons, the small pleasures of his life, and many other things that have both the power of nostalgia and a peek into a different time I have always loved stories by old people as long as they are able to keep the sexism out I remember the blissful days I would spend with my grandparents and listen to stories about their youth I still like hearing about the old days from my grandmother and I really, really miss my grandfather, who passed away a couple of years ago I think anyone who has passed the age of 80 would have an interesting book to write If I have a complaint, it s that the actual writer, Richard van Emden, unnecessarily changes from first person to third person, inserting his own comments about Harry and his life It got confusing in places and very irritating I wantedof Harry, not Richard But other than this minor irritant, the book was very near perfect for me It s a wonderful slice of life, and what a slice of life The strength of this book lies in the ordinariness of its subject History is full of hype, stories sold as block busters, embellished beyond plausibility, myth usurping truth.Here is a sensitive man so humble he didn t want to tell his story to begin with Only by pure accident, he becomes the single living connection to an unimaginable experience in another time, to coin L.P Hartley, a place where they do things differently So he s persuaded to tell his story understated, honest, un heroica The strength of this book lies in the ordinariness of its subject History is full of hype, stories sold as block busters, embellished beyond plausibility, myth usurping truth.Here is a sensitive man so humble he didn t want to tell his story to begin with Only by pure accident, he becomes the single living connection to an unimaginable experience in another time, to coin L.P Hartley, a place where they do things differently So he s persuaded to tell his story understated, honest, un heroically This isn t any sterile, historical analyst, or fantasist Hollywood screenwriter, this is the real thing and the antidote to all that However, if you want sensationalism, look elsewhere And it should be explained that it isn t all about the Great War After all, Mr Patch is 110, that s about 105 years longer than that war lasted This book held a very interesting topic on the life of one Englishman who served his country well Mr Patch never wanted to be a soldier but, when he was called upon he didn t schlep his responsibility to the need of the time Born at the end of the Victorian era he was raised in an Edwardian time a time that has long left us here in the 21st century and the England to which he was born, raised, and lived has long since become a different nation all together Mr Van Emden is an effective re This book held a very interesting topic on the life of one Englishman who served his country well Mr Patch never wanted to be a soldier but, when he was called upon he didn t schlep his responsibility to the need of the time Born at the end of the Victorian era he was raised in an Edwardian time a time that has long left us here in the 21st century and the England to which he was born, raised, and lived has long since become a different nation all together Mr Van Emden is an effective researcher and I speculate a humble sort of interviewer in this book by rights of passages that are easily understandable I fully appreciated the easy to read type in this book, and Mr Van Emden s ability to tie the story together through out Mr Harry Patch was quite the decent man and there are simply too many passages to call my favorite however, near the end of the book Mr Patch clearly told the author in reflection of his age and being the Last Fighting Tommy that my whole generation fought that war in the trenches Mr Patch came to despise war and even after having two sons fight in the Second World War his disdain for war was met with the sorrow that comes with war As the First World War was a personal touch for him and his injuries so too the Second World War would leave the Patch family to some degree without loved ones.My interest in this book was based on the title of one British Soldier, one common ranked person who had to struggle during his time frame I couldn t have come across a better accounting of the time frame as a whole The book, published in 2007 the topic and subject of Mr Patch is born in 1898 Mr patch would pass away in 2009 at the age 111 years young and his mental acuity intact for the age he became The pre war years of 1914 were quite an interesting read with occasional references to the time this was recorded for History in reflection to friends and family that were then in the stories of boyhood and long gone during the time of the research Mr Patch showed even in this late part of his life the recollections of childhood, boys getting into trouble, an education that was quite different Before going into Military Service on behalf His Majesty and nation he earned his plumbing certification at 17.5 years of age A skill that stayed with him for the remainder of his life serving his community and making an honest living for his family Following the book, I finished on the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Merry Hell by Captain Robert Clements edited by Mr Brian D Tennyson the dove tail effect of the battles that Mr Patch and Captain Clements faced is rather an interesting verification of stories written The Canadian Ross Rifle vs the British Lee Enfield and the successful Lewis Machine Gun Rum shots in the morning that burned going down but warmed one up were common to British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealander troops A touching part of this story on the battlefield istelling when Mr Patch wanted to stop and gain information on a British Soldier he passed before he himself was injured and the Soldier laying on the ground that he was passing enroute to battle was badly injured but still alive As this young boy lay on the field dying and bleeding Mr Patch could hear this lad making his last gasps of breath taking those gasps the young man called out to his Mother, but called out to her in a manner to which she was standing there as opposed to calling out for her Mr Patch would never get over this experience he wasn t allowed to gather personal information on this boy as he wished so that he himself could have written a letter to his loved ones back in England He would never watch a war movie nor did he later care for the entry to the Second World War He was a man who wanted to live, experience, and share with others.This book isn t just about war it is about life a life that crossed both World Wars A life that saw many changes to his England and United Kingdom May Mr Harry Patch and the Last Fighting Tommy Rest in Peace he lived over all a decent life one that was committed to others Sadly Harry Patch died in July 2009 which prompted me to finally read this book that I purchased earlier in the year Reading his memories of his life and anecdotes from those that knew him shows a truly wonderful man who cared about everyone around him It s amazing what he could remember and that at the age of 108 when he wrote the book he had such a clarity of mind I have to confess that at times I had tears in my eyes knowing that Harry had just passed on If you want to read about a real Sadly Harry Patch died in July 2009 which prompted me to finally read this book that I purchased earlier in the year Reading his memories of his life and anecdotes from those that knew him shows a truly wonderful man who cared about everyone around him It s amazing what he could remember and that at the age of 108 when he wrote the book he had such a clarity of mind I have to confess that at times I had tears in my eyes knowing that Harry had just passed on If you want to read about a real hero then this is the book for you I usually avoid books withthan one author However, I was interested to read about Henry Harry Patch, an ordinary man who got coaught up in both World War I and lived through World War II I found a book written about him just after his death However, I then noticed The Last Fighting Tommy The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches Harry Patch was the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War He was one of very few peo I usually avoid books withthan one author However, I was interested to read about Henry Harry Patch, an ordinary man who got coaught up in both World War I and lived through World War II I found a book written about him just after his death However, I then noticed The Last Fighting Tommy The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches Harry Patch was the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War He was one of very few people who could directly recall the horror of that conflict.The delightful thing about this book is that the chapters about Harry s life are by him The historical chapters and historical background is provided by Richard van Emden who is a British author and television documentary producer He specializes in the First World War The personal account and a knowledgable historian, is a good combination The strength of this book lies in the ordinariness of its subject History is full of hype, stories sold as block busters, embellished beyond plausibility, myth usurping truth Not so thoughout The Last Fighting Tommy.Harry was born in 1898, during the reign of Queen Victoria and a year before my maternal grandmother His childhood was spent in the Somerset countryside of Edwardian England He left school in 1913 to become an apprentice plumber but three years later was conscripted, serving as a machine gunner in the Duke of Cornwall s Light Infantry Harry Patch comes across as a sensitive, humble man Apparently he did not want to tell his story However, by pure accident, he became the single living connection to an unimaginable experience in another time life in the World War I trenches He was persuaded to tell his story understated, honest, un heroically.He describes life 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 also killed his three closest friends In vivid detail he describes daily life in the trenches, the terror of being under intense artillery fire, and the fear of going over the top A large part of the book covers Harry s experiences in World War I as he was forced to give up on his career and go to fight The chapter about when he went over the top is mesmerising as it captures one man s experience of the horrors of the war, rather than an overview that we usually get Then, after the Armistice he explains the soldiers frustration at not being quickly demobbed This led to a mutiny in which even Harry was caught up The Last Fighting Tommy is not a history book, it is a book about one man s experiences of history, although the co author, Richard van Emden does provide relevant historical detail and background.Harry shared with the reader about his whole life without boring them with every little detail he revealed what he thought would be most interesting and it works really well There is a great section on World War II where Harry describes being a firefighter and dealing with the aftermath of the bombings on Bath World War II saw Harry in action on the home front as a fire fighter during the bombing of Bath He also warmly described his friendship with American GIs preparing to go to France, and, years later, his tears when he saw their graves.Late in life Harry achieved fame, meeting the Queen and taking part in the BBC documentary The Last Tommies, finally shaking hands with a German veteran of the artillery and speaking out frankly to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair about the soldiers shot for cowardice in the First World War This was a well done book which told the life of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary things On the one hand it is history told through the eyes of someone who was there, whilst on the other hand he represents all the men who fought in the trenches I found The Last Fighting Tommy a fascinating read and highly recommend it to all who enjoy history and biographies.Valerie Penny I should have read this alongside Wilfred Owen s poems Harry expresses some of Owen s sentiments in his own words Of course this is a particularly topical read at the moment with the centenary of the ending of WW1 fast approaching.It is an insightful read and Harry s relatively privileged Edwardian childhood contrasts starkly with the horrors that awaited him in northern France and Belgium as a very young man Richard van Emden provides a commentary throughout, which links in well with Harry s I should have read this alongside Wilfred Owen s poems Harry expresses some of Owen s sentiments in his own words Of course this is a particularly topical read at the moment with the centenary of the ending of WW1 fast approaching.It is an insightful read and Harry s relatively privileged Edwardian childhood contrasts starkly with the horrors that awaited him in northern France and Belgium as a very young man Richard van Emden provides a commentary throughout, which links in well with Harry s recollections This is especially useful when talking of specific battles and events leading up to them.Harry epitomises for me the best of Britishness and makes me proud of being a Brit if it means being considered, even remotely, alongside Harry and his generation that quiet, stoic, no nonsense Britishness which hates injustice Reading this, I experienced alternately pride and humility at what Harry and his generation achieved and what we have taken for granted for a very long time.In little over 20 years he would have to go through it all again with two young sons of fighting age on the advent of WW2 Like Owen, he rightly questions the purpose of all the lives sacrificed Like many of his generation Harry preferred not to talk about his war experiences until the end of his life I can relate to that on a personal level I had a great uncle who fought in WW1 and survived it He would never speak of it until the last 3 months of his life when dying in hospitalas his 96th birthday approached He told me several times when visiting him to get down Can t you see they re firing I m pleased Harry was finally persuaded to share his story with us evoking for me at any rate, feelings of pride, humility and a dread of it happening all over again But then, I m just an ordinary bloke, like all those who provided the cannon fodder between 1914 and 1918 and beyond for the Masters of War The Last Fighting Tommy tells the story of Harry Patch, the longest surviving veteran of the trenches 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War I so I thought now would be a good time to read this book that has been sat on my shelf for years and years Harry Patch died in 2009, aged 111, and given that the book was published in 2007 it does cover the vast majority of his long life As one would expect a fair chunk of the book covers Harry s experiences in World War I as he was forced to The Last Fighting Tommy tells the story of Harry Patch, the longest surviving veteran of the trenches 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War I so I thought now would be a good time to read this book that has been sat on my shelf for years and years Harry Patch died in 2009, aged 111, and given that the book was published in 2007 it does cover the vast majority of his long life As one would expect a fair chunk of the book covers Harry s experiences in World War I as he was forced to give up on his career and go and fight The chapter about when he went over the top is mesmerising as it captures one man s experience of the horrors of the war, rather than an overview that we usually get I think at times the man behind the project, Richard Van Emden, lost track of the purpose of the book and his sections go far too much into the detailed history than is needed This is not a history book, it is a book about one man s experiences of history I did think this job did a good job pretty reasonable job of covering most of Harry s life rather than just the four months he spent in the trenches Harry told us about his whole life without boring us with every little detail he shared what he thought would be most interesting and it works really well There is a great section on World War II where Harry describes being a firefighter and dealing with the aftermath of the bombings on Bath This was a well done book which told the life of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary things On the one hand it is history told through the eyes of someone who was there, whilst on the other hand he represents all the men who fought in the trenches A fascinating read a delightful short book detailing the life of Henry Patch the last surviving British soldier to have fight in the trenches of the Great War It is interesting to read the memoir of a man who knows he is the last survivor of his generation, and while not fully comfortable with that role, embraces it and becomes the everyman to represent all his brethren who came before him After reading the book I have had thoughts myself what it will he like once my generation s veterans begin to dwindle Defin a delightful short book detailing the life of Henry Patch the last surviving British soldier to have fight in the trenches of the Great War It is interesting to read the memoir of a man who knows he is the last survivor of his generation, and while not fully comfortable with that role, embraces it and becomes the everyman to represent all his brethren who came before him After reading the book I have had thoughts myself what it will he like once my generation s veterans begin to dwindle Definitely a worthwhile read for those interested in the study of World War I

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    This guide aims to show you how to download home front as a fire fighter during the bombing of Bath He also warmly describes his friendship with American GIs preparing to go to France, and, years later, his tears when he saw their gravesLate in life Harry achieved fame, meeting the Queen and taking part in the BBC documentary The Last Tommies, 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 The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary man s extraordinary life Please note eBook edition does not the contain the images included in original print edition. Harry Patch was the last surviving fighting soldier of the First World War He died in 2009 at the age of 111 He lived a very ordinary life and didn t talk about his wartime experiences until he reached 100 This is an autobiography put together by Richard van Emden from a series of tape recordings Patch was quite a regular in documentaries and programmes about the war in the last ten years of his life Patch was born in 1898 and the book takes us through his life there is nothing sensational Harry Patch was the last surviving fighting soldier of the First World War He died in 2009 at the age of 111 He lived a very ordinary life and didn t talk about his wartime experiences until he reached 100 This is an autobiography put together by Richard van Emden from a series of tape recordings Patch was quite a regular in documentaries and programmes about the war in the last ten years of his life Patch was born in 1898 and the book takes us through his life there is nothing sensational, it is an ordinary life with its ups and downs Descriptions of a childhood in the Somerset countryside near Bath and teenage years as an apprentice plumber Patch was called up and first saw action in 2017 at Ypres during the battle of Passchendaele He was part of a Lewis Gunner unit, a group of six who all worked very closely together Patch describes the awfulness of trench life and the experience of being under relentless shellfire The inevitable happens and Patch s team are hit by a shell Three of his friends are killed instantly and Patch is hit in the stomach by a piece of shrapnel It is worth remembering that the conditions in the medical facilities near the front were also very basic Patch recalls that the doctor told him that they were going to remove the shrapnel without anaesthetic as they had run out That was the end of the war for him He also saw action of a sort in the second world war as a fire fighter as there was a period when Bath was bombed quite heavily and that held its own horrors The rest of the book simply runs through his life at work and in retirement and finally the very busy last ten years of his life.There were lots of warm words about Patch from the establishment and the military, but I remember seeing him on TV and listening to him on the radio, against the backdrop of the Iraq war and Afghanistan His words were not comfortable War is organised murder and nothing else Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder We are two civilised nations British and German and what were we doing We were in a lousy, dirty trench fighting for our lives For what For eighteen pence a flipping day I was taken back to England to convalesce When the war ended, I don t know if I wasrelieved that we d won or that I didn t have to go back Passchendaele was a disastrous battle thousands and thousands of young lives were lost It makes me angry Earlier this year, I went back to Ypres to shake the hand of Herr Kuentz, Germany s only surviving veteran from the war It was emotional He is 107 We ve had 87 years to think what war is To me, it s a licence to go out and murder Why should the British government call me up and take me out to a battlefield to shoot a man I never knew, whose language I couldn t speak All those lives lost for a war finished over a table Now what is the sense in that This stands in contrast with some of the hypocrisy shown after his death by the state Patch had been offered a state funeral, but had declined it He also didn t mark Armistice Day, preferring to make his own remembrance on the anniversary of the death of his friends He was taken to a few commemorations during the last years of his life He was though capable of ignoring protocol as he did giving a speech at the Menin Gate Let us remember our brethren who fell on both sides of the line It seems appropriate to finish with some of Owen spowerful lines If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the frothcorrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori I really enjoyed reading this book about Harry Patch the last Tommy the oldest surviving veteran of the trenches.Harry reached the age of 111 and I believe he wrote his memoirs at the age of 105 sharing his memories with all of us.Even though I was born years after the war I shall be forever grateful to men like Harry and it was a privilege to read about his life.This to me is real history, the history of an ordinary man who turned out to be anything but ordinary.God bless you Harry Patch. In university in France, I was waiting for a friend and exploring around The one thing that really caught my attention was a memorial to the young men who had died in World War I Their names, age, and year of death were listed So young, and so many So much potential lost It was one of those eye opening moments I ve not really wanted to read much about this period till now but I have remembered that memorial Very clearly.Harry Patch was not among them Well, for one, he was British, and fo In university in France, I was waiting for a friend and exploring around The one thing that really caught my attention was a memorial to the young men who had died in World War I Their names, age, and year of death were listed So young, and so many So much potential lost It was one of those eye opening moments I ve not really wanted to read much about this period till now but I have remembered that memorial Very clearly.Harry Patch was not among them Well, for one, he was British, and for another, he never went to university But he was yet one amongst so many young men whose lives were changed forever by a senseless war The last WWI veteran in Britain, Patch died in 2009 at the age of 111 The man had seen society change beyond belief, and two senseless worldwide wars It s truly an experience, that He was a serious young man who knew what he wanted from life He was all set out to be a plumber and had enough backing from his well to do family to do so In the middle of all his plans, the war happened Patch did not really believe in going to war but he decided to do what everyone perceived as his duty Let s be honest here I would not have enjoyed this book if Patch had been one of those bloodthirsty young men who wanted to spend their lives targetting Germans He had his head screwed on right and from beginning to end deplored war In fact, he has some pretty radical ideasI mean, why should I go out and kill somebody I never knew and for what reason I wasn t at all patriotic I went and did what was asked of me and noIn fact, he even goes as far to come out with the best rebellion he can in the trenches He refuses to killThe team was very close knit and it had a pact It was this Bob said we wouldn t kill, not if we could help it He said, We fire short, have them in the legs, or fire over their heads, but not to kill, not unless it s them or usI wonder how many soldiers decided to do this in war Patch has the right ideasI felt then, as I feel now, that the politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murderWow You d expect a 111 year old man to get it wrong, but he doesn t War thirsty youngsters, learn something It s clear that Patch was extremely anti war But this book is not just about his wartime exploits It covers his whole life all 108 years of it he died three years later He talks about his wife, his sons, the small pleasures of his life, and many other things that have both the power of nostalgia and a peek into a different time I have always loved stories by old people as long as they are able to keep the sexism out I remember the blissful days I would spend with my grandparents and listen to stories about their youth I still like hearing about the old days from my grandmother and I really, really miss my grandfather, who passed away a couple of years ago I think anyone who has passed the age of 80 would have an interesting book to write If I have a complaint, it s that the actual writer, Richard van Emden, unnecessarily changes from first person to third person, inserting his own comments about Harry and his life It got confusing in places and very irritating I wantedof Harry, not Richard But other than this minor irritant, the book was very near perfect for me It s a wonderful slice of life, and what a slice of life The strength of this book lies in the ordinariness of its subject History is full of hype, stories sold as block busters, embellished beyond plausibility, myth usurping truth.Here is a sensitive man so humble he didn t want to tell his story to begin with Only by pure accident, he becomes the single living connection to an unimaginable experience in another time, to coin L.P Hartley, a place where they do things differently So he s persuaded to tell his story understated, honest, un heroica The strength of this book lies in the ordinariness of its subject History is full of hype, stories sold as block busters, embellished beyond plausibility, myth usurping truth.Here is a sensitive man so humble he didn t want to tell his story to begin with Only by pure accident, he becomes the single living connection to an unimaginable experience in another time, to coin L.P Hartley, a place where they do things differently So he s persuaded to tell his story understated, honest, un heroically This isn t any sterile, historical analyst, or fantasist Hollywood screenwriter, this is the real thing and the antidote to all that However, if you want sensationalism, look elsewhere And it should be explained that it isn t all about the Great War After all, Mr Patch is 110, that s about 105 years longer than that war lasted This book held a very interesting topic on the life of one Englishman who served his country well Mr Patch never wanted to be a soldier but, when he was called upon he didn t schlep his responsibility to the need of the time Born at the end of the Victorian era he was raised in an Edwardian time a time that has long left us here in the 21st century and the England to which he was born, raised, and lived has long since become a different nation all together Mr Van Emden is an effective re This book held a very interesting topic on the life of one Englishman who served his country well Mr Patch never wanted to be a soldier but, when he was called upon he didn t schlep his responsibility to the need of the time Born at the end of the Victorian era he was raised in an Edwardian time a time that has long left us here in the 21st century and the England to which he was born, raised, and lived has long since become a different nation all together Mr Van Emden is an effective researcher and I speculate a humble sort of interviewer in this book by rights of passages that are easily understandable I fully appreciated the easy to read type in this book, and Mr Van Emden s ability to tie the story together through out Mr Harry Patch was quite the decent man and there are simply too many passages to call my favorite however, near the end of the book Mr Patch clearly told the author in reflection of his age and being the Last Fighting Tommy that my whole generation fought that war in the trenches Mr Patch came to despise war and even after having two sons fight in the Second World War his disdain for war was met with the sorrow that comes with war As the First World War was a personal touch for him and his injuries so too the Second World War would leave the Patch family to some degree without loved ones.My interest in this book was based on the title of one British Soldier, one common ranked person who had to struggle during his time frame I couldn t have come across a better accounting of the time frame as a whole The book, published in 2007 the topic and subject of Mr Patch is born in 1898 Mr patch would pass away in 2009 at the age 111 years young and his mental acuity intact for the age he became The pre war years of 1914 were quite an interesting read with occasional references to the time this was recorded for History in reflection to friends and family that were then in the stories of boyhood and long gone during the time of the research Mr Patch showed even in this late part of his life the recollections of childhood, boys getting into trouble, an education that was quite different Before going into Military Service on behalf His Majesty and nation he earned his plumbing certification at 17.5 years of age A skill that stayed with him for the remainder of his life serving his community and making an honest living for his family Following the book, I finished on the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Merry Hell by Captain Robert Clements edited by Mr Brian D Tennyson the dove tail effect of the battles that Mr Patch and Captain Clements faced is rather an interesting verification of stories written The Canadian Ross Rifle vs the British Lee Enfield and the successful Lewis Machine Gun Rum shots in the morning that burned going down but warmed one up were common to British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealander troops A touching part of this story on the battlefield istelling when Mr Patch wanted to stop and gain information on a British Soldier he passed before he himself was injured and the Soldier laying on the ground that he was passing enroute to battle was badly injured but still alive As this young boy lay on the field dying and bleeding Mr Patch could hear this lad making his last gasps of breath taking those gasps the young man called out to his Mother, but called out to her in a manner to which she was standing there as opposed to calling out for her Mr Patch would never get over this experience he wasn t allowed to gather personal information on this boy as he wished so that he himself could have written a letter to his loved ones back in England He would never watch a war movie nor did he later care for the entry to the Second World War He was a man who wanted to live, experience, and share with others.This book isn t just about war it is about life a life that crossed both World Wars A life that saw many changes to his England and United Kingdom May Mr Harry Patch and the Last Fighting Tommy Rest in Peace he lived over all a decent life one that was committed to others Sadly Harry Patch died in July 2009 which prompted me to finally read this book that I purchased earlier in the year Reading his memories of his life and anecdotes from those that knew him shows a truly wonderful man who cared about everyone around him It s amazing what he could remember and that at the age of 108 when he wrote the book he had such a clarity of mind I have to confess that at times I had tears in my eyes knowing that Harry had just passed on If you want to read about a real Sadly Harry Patch died in July 2009 which prompted me to finally read this book that I purchased earlier in the year Reading his memories of his life and anecdotes from those that knew him shows a truly wonderful man who cared about everyone around him It s amazing what he could remember and that at the age of 108 when he wrote the book he had such a clarity of mind I have to confess that at times I had tears in my eyes knowing that Harry had just passed on If you want to read about a real hero then this is the book for you I usually avoid books withthan one author However, I was interested to read about Henry Harry Patch, an ordinary man who got coaught up in both World War I and lived through World War II I found a book written about him just after his death However, I then noticed The Last Fighting Tommy The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches Harry Patch was the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War He was one of very few peo I usually avoid books withthan one author However, I was interested to read about Henry Harry Patch, an ordinary man who got coaught up in both World War I and lived through World War II I found a book written about him just after his death However, I then noticed The Last Fighting Tommy The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches Harry Patch was the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War He was one of very few people who could directly recall the horror of that conflict.The delightful thing about this book is that the chapters about Harry s life are by him The historical chapters and historical background is provided by Richard van Emden who is a British author and television documentary producer He specializes in the First World War The personal account and a knowledgable historian, is a good combination The strength of this book lies in the ordinariness of its subject History is full of hype, stories sold as block busters, embellished beyond plausibility, myth usurping truth Not so thoughout The Last Fighting Tommy.Harry was born in 1898, during the reign of Queen Victoria and a year before my maternal grandmother His childhood was spent in the Somerset countryside of Edwardian England He left school in 1913 to become an apprentice plumber but three years later was conscripted, serving as a machine gunner in the Duke of Cornwall s Light Infantry Harry Patch comes across as a sensitive, humble man Apparently he did not want to tell his story However, by pure accident, he became the single living connection to an unimaginable experience in another time life in the World War I trenches He was persuaded to tell his story understated, honest, un heroically.He describes life 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 also killed his three closest friends In vivid detail he describes daily life in the trenches, the terror of being under intense artillery fire, and the fear of going over the top A large part of the book covers Harry s experiences in World War I as he was forced to give up on his career and go to fight The chapter about when he went over the top is mesmerising as it captures one man s experience of the horrors of the war, rather than an overview that we usually get Then, after the Armistice he explains the soldiers frustration at not being quickly demobbed This led to a mutiny in which even Harry was caught up The Last Fighting Tommy is not a history book, it is a book about one man s experiences of history, although the co author, Richard van Emden does provide relevant historical detail and background.Harry shared with the reader about his whole life without boring them with every little detail he revealed what he thought would be most interesting and it works really well There is a great section on World War II where Harry describes being a firefighter and dealing with the aftermath of the bombings on Bath World War II saw Harry in action on the home front as a fire fighter during the bombing of Bath He also warmly described his friendship with American GIs preparing to go to France, and, years later, his tears when he saw their graves.Late in life Harry achieved fame, meeting the Queen and taking part in the BBC documentary The Last Tommies, finally shaking hands with a German veteran of the artillery and speaking out frankly to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair about the soldiers shot for cowardice in the First World War This was a well done book which told the life of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary things On the one hand it is history told through the eyes of someone who was there, whilst on the other hand he represents all the men who fought in the trenches I found The Last Fighting Tommy a fascinating read and highly recommend it to all who enjoy history and biographies.Valerie Penny I should have read this alongside Wilfred Owen s poems Harry expresses some of Owen s sentiments in his own words Of course this is a particularly topical read at the moment with the centenary of the ending of WW1 fast approaching.It is an insightful read and Harry s relatively privileged Edwardian childhood contrasts starkly with the horrors that awaited him in northern France and Belgium as a very young man Richard van Emden provides a commentary throughout, which links in well with Harry s I should have read this alongside Wilfred Owen s poems Harry expresses some of Owen s sentiments in his own words Of course this is a particularly topical read at the moment with the centenary of the ending of WW1 fast approaching.It is an insightful read and Harry s relatively privileged Edwardian childhood contrasts starkly with the horrors that awaited him in northern France and Belgium as a very young man Richard van Emden provides a commentary throughout, which links in well with Harry s recollections This is especially useful when talking of specific battles and events leading up to them.Harry epitomises for me the best of Britishness and makes me proud of being a Brit if it means being considered, even remotely, alongside Harry and his generation that quiet, stoic, no nonsense Britishness which hates injustice Reading this, I experienced alternately pride and humility at what Harry and his generation achieved and what we have taken for granted for a very long time.In little over 20 years he would have to go through it all again with two young sons of fighting age on the advent of WW2 Like Owen, he rightly questions the purpose of all the lives sacrificed Like many of his generation Harry preferred not to talk about his war experiences until the end of his life I can relate to that on a personal level I had a great uncle who fought in WW1 and survived it He would never speak of it until the last 3 months of his life when dying in hospitalas his 96th birthday approached He told me several times when visiting him to get down Can t you see they re firing I m pleased Harry was finally persuaded to share his story with us evoking for me at any rate, feelings of pride, humility and a dread of it happening all over again But then, I m just an ordinary bloke, like all those who provided the cannon fodder between 1914 and 1918 and beyond for the Masters of War The Last Fighting Tommy tells the story of Harry Patch, the longest surviving veteran of the trenches 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War I so I thought now would be a good time to read this book that has been sat on my shelf for years and years Harry Patch died in 2009, aged 111, and given that the book was published in 2007 it does cover the vast majority of his long life As one would expect a fair chunk of the book covers Harry s experiences in World War I as he was forced to The Last Fighting Tommy tells the story of Harry Patch, the longest surviving veteran of the trenches 2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War I so I thought now would be a good time to read this book that has been sat on my shelf for years and years Harry Patch died in 2009, aged 111, and given that the book was published in 2007 it does cover the vast majority of his long life As one would expect a fair chunk of the book covers Harry s experiences in World War I as he was forced to give up on his career and go and fight The chapter about when he went over the top is mesmerising as it captures one man s experience of the horrors of the war, rather than an overview that we usually get I think at times the man behind the project, Richard Van Emden, lost track of the purpose of the book and his sections go far too much into the detailed history than is needed This is not a history book, it is a book about one man s experiences of history I did think this job did a good job pretty reasonable job of covering most of Harry s life rather than just the four months he spent in the trenches Harry told us about his whole life without boring us with every little detail he shared what he thought would be most interesting and it works really well There is a great section on World War II where Harry describes being a firefighter and dealing with the aftermath of the bombings on Bath This was a well done book which told the life of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary things On the one hand it is history told through the eyes of someone who was there, whilst on the other hand he represents all the men who fought in the trenches A fascinating read a delightful short book detailing the life of Henry Patch the last surviving British soldier to have fight in the trenches of the Great War It is interesting to read the memoir of a man who knows he is the last survivor of his generation, and while not fully comfortable with that role, embraces it and becomes the everyman to represent all his brethren who came before him After reading the book I have had thoughts myself what it will he like once my generation s veterans begin to dwindle Defin a delightful short book detailing the life of Henry Patch the last surviving British soldier to have fight in the trenches of the Great War It is interesting to read the memoir of a man who knows he is the last survivor of his generation, and while not fully comfortable with that role, embraces it and becomes the everyman to represent all his brethren who came before him After reading the book I have had thoughts myself what it will he like once my generation s veterans begin to dwindle Definitely a worthwhile read for those interested in the study of World War I "/>
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  • 06 June 2019
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