Monday, July 27, 2009

Harry Patch (1898–2009) i.m.


So farewell, then, Harry Patch . . . Thus far, I have yet to see or hear a news report that mentions what Mr Patch really thought about war.

"I 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," he said in The Last Fighting Tommy, "instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder."

Sentiments the Prime Minister and the royal family oddly ignored in their TV tributes.

Here's my review of The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches from June last year.

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