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Harry Patch Funeral


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It has been reported tonight on the local West News channels that Harry Patch funeral will take place at Wells Cathedral in Somerset on Thursday 6th August 2009, Harry will then be laid to rest at Monkton combe near Bath which is close to he's birth place of Combe Down.

According to the News the funeral service will be open to the public but by ticket only, at the moment he's family and the MoD are sorting out the formalities for the service and further information will be released as soon as possible.

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In fact, they have suggested that further details will be available tomorrow.

He's being buried in Monkton Combe, in Bath, as near to his family as possible.

Sue

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Please keep us updated on the funeral details.

Regards,

Phil

I hope they give him a Commonwealth War Graves headstone. I know he didn't die on active service (far from it) but I think it would be a nice touch.

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I read that Harry wanted a private funeral. If so I hope the press respect this.

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A book of remembrance for Britain's last World War I "Tommy" has been opened in Wells Cathedral in Somerset. also some information on the service is to be found on this link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/8171526.stm

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More information has been released, the funerel cortage will leave from Fletcher House in Wells and the cortage will be flanked by soldiers of the Rifles the decendents of the DCLI and servicemen from France Belgium & Germany will also escot he's coffin, the service will take place at 11.30 in the Cathedral, a large TV screen will be placed on the Cathedral green for the expected crowd who wish to pay there lasts respects to Harry.

If anyone wishes to go into the Catheral for the service then you have to apply in person of by post from Wells City Council.

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Unfortunatly due to work commitments I am unable to get down to Wells, are there any Forum Pals planning to go in to the service or street line.

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Will definately be there.

Regards,

EoB.

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I know this is a very long shot, but.....

Are there any forum members planning to go to Wells tomorrow for a ticket for Harry's service, who are able/prepared to get a second ticket for me? I live up in Northumberland, so I can't get down there in time and I fear applying by post will be almost futile.

If so, I would be incredibly grateful. Please PM me if so.

Thank you, fingers crossed....

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I wonder if they same kind sole could do this for me, i feel that it may be my last chance to show any respect , i dont know what else to say all this has hit me rather hard.

Rich M :blink::poppy::ph34r:

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Harry Patch's funeral service Update :poppy:

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Wells, as they pay their respects to the last British veteran of the first world war trenches who died at the age of 111 at his care home in Wells, The bells of Wells Cathedral will toll 111 times to mark every year of Harry's life at 1100. It is expected this will take around 50 minutes

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/somerset/hi/pe...000/8184984.stm

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The Last Tommy

So many years they were silent

The living along with the dead

Not speaking of France and Flanders

Just changing the subject instead

Then slowly, many years later

The few that were left gained a voice

To speak for their fallen comrades

War was aye a bad choice

One by one they fell in

(Now that the message was passed)

Those last great war stragglers

Joined the shot and the gassed

We remember them now they’re gone

Along with this free world they made

Especially old Harry Patch

The very last man on parade

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More information has been released, the funerel cortage will leave from Fletcher House in Wells and the cortage will be flanked by soldiers of the Rifles the decendents of the DCLI and servicemen from France Belgium & Germany will also escot he's coffin, the service will take place at 11.30 in the Cathedral, a large TV screen will be placed on the Cathedral green for the expected crowd who wish to pay there lasts respects to Harry.

If anyone wishes to go into the Catheral for the service then you have to apply in person of by post from Wells City Council.

Surprised the Khaki Chums aren't doing the escort

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Harry Patch's funeral service is being broadcast live on BBC Somerset, you can listen live on-line. here's the link........

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/somerset/hi/

click on "Listen Live" top right of the page.

regards

Tom

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Harry Patch's funeral service is being broadcast live on BBC Somerset, you can listen live on-line. here's the link........

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/somerset/hi/

click on "Listen Live" top right of the page.

regards

Tom

Thanks for the link Tom. We will share the moment with honour and a great deal of respect for Harry & his comrades.

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I am hoping/expecting that it will be broadcast on BBC News 24 (iP BBC News Channel ) - Bill Stone's and Henry Allingham's funerals were.

Update: They have just confirmed that it will be carried live from 11:45. They are already previewing it from outside Wells Cathedral

David

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Watching BBC News 24 now...looks like they will be carrying the service, Peter Barton has just been on outside Wells Cathedral, telling everyone what Harry was like.

Its going to be very moving, I'm glad everyone is out and I'm watching alone, it could be tears time......

regards

Tom

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I'm glad everyone is out and I'm watching alone, it could be tears time......

You and me both, mate. Wonderful eulogy, an ordinary man who did extraordinary deeds.

When the young chorister sang: "Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards everyone" - that was me done for.

God bless 'em all.

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That was a nice touch when the French charge d'affaire handed Harrys medals to a repesentative of the Old Duke of Cornwell Light Infantry.

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You and me both, mate. Wonderful eulogy, an ordinary man who did extraordinary deeds.

When the young chorister sang: "Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards everyone" - that was me done for.

God bless 'em all.

Got me to.

The silence at the end always gets me.

DW

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I know a number of other threads have informed but this but it's worth repeating....

A special edition of BBC Points West will pay tribute to Harry Patch's life on BBC One West (Sky 986) at 1830 BST and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

Ian.

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I am absolutely seething at the BBC!!! leaving the funeral service befire it was finished, even Sky news stayed with it until the cortege left the Cathederal.

Is the BBC representing the British public? no longer...I'm finished with a service that cannot make time to stay with the last fighting Tommies funeral.

The sooner we stop funding this shower at broadcasting centre the better.

I'm sorry to bring a sour note to the topic, but I cannot believe what they did.

May you rest in peace with your pals Harry.

Tom

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