A warrior has been called home

News.com.au - HARRY Patch, the last soldier to fight in the trenches of Europe during World War I, has died at the age of 111. Claude Choules, 108, who lives in Perth, Australia, and served with the Royal Navy, now becomes the last surviving veteran of the 1914-18 conflict from the British side. Patch, who fought at the notorious Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, was also Britain's oldest man following the death of fellow veteran Henry Allingham, the oldest man in the world, one week ago.

He is the last World War I veteran to have served in the trenches, according to the dersdesders.free.fr website, which is regarded as an authoritative chronicle of veterans of the conflict. "The Great War is a chapter in our history we must never forget, so many sacrifices were made, so many young lives lost," said Prince Charles, reacting to Patch's death. "So today nothing could give me greater pride than paying tribute to Harry Patch." "The noblest of all the generations has left us, but they will never be forgotten," Prime Minister Gordon Brown said. "We say today with still greater force, we will remember them."

We owe them more than we can comprehend. We are lucky to have had him for so long. Rest in Peace.

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