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    Friday 25/07/14

    On this day in 2009, the last soldier known to have fought in the trenches of World War I passedaway. Harry Patch was 111, and so traumatised by the horrors of trench warfare that he didn't even speak about the war until he turned 100.

    But when he spoke, he spoke with power and passion. Radiohead wrote a song in memory of him, using his own words, such as "The next will be chemical but they never learn" and "Give your leaders each a gun and let them fight themselves". Poet Laureate Andrew Motion wrote a poem for him; Patch himself wrote an autobiography.

    His observation on meeting Germany's last surviving WWI soldier, Charles Kuentz, bears repeating. "Herr Kuentz is a very nice gentleman. He is all for a united Europe and peace - and so am I." Harry Patch, we salute you. And we're toasting you with a Matador #2 - Tommy style.

Matador #2 (Tommy's Style)

Today is five years since Harry Patch died

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