Harry Patch, was the last surviving British imperial soldier from the First World War. Today he passed away, leaving just one former able seaman as our sole representative of the fighting forces of that era.
Our world, both the good and the bad aspects of it and on a personal and international level, is still shaped by the events of that war. WW1 was the start of the "modern" era, and we have a long way to go before we have completely sorted out all the issues arising from that period of time. It is sobering to think that these brave men took part (even a small part) in events that momentous. And it is sad that we have to lose them and their unique perspective on a moment in history.
May he rest in peace.
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