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Sonnabend
07-26-2009, 08:52 AM
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25836888-401,00.html


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 My mother told me of a conversation that was held when she was very little, regarding my great grandfather. My great grandmother was reading the news of Passchendaele, and remarked that she was glad her husband was nowhere near this carnage.

She had no idea, then, that he was in fact on the front lines.

My grandfather served in the NZ military as well, doing National Service.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

And at the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.

Bubba Dawg
07-26-2009, 09:00 AM
I did a thread a week or so ago about a WWI soldier in England who died at age 108.

There are only a very few left.

All wars are terrible but World War One seems particularly so with the trench warfare and gas. The living memory of the war is passing away. May they rest in peace.

marv
07-26-2009, 11:09 AM
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word - the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.

Philip Larkin


If anyone can give me the source for the following, I'd appreciate it...


Leave them in peace,
Break not their long Last Post
Where in the dark before Paris' portal
They stemmed the tide and broke the Teuton boast;
Or where their blood will leap immortal
In poppy flame on Flanders' fields
Their endless striving yields
To dreamless peace.

Bubba Dawg
07-26-2009, 12:56 PM
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word - the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.

Philip Larkin


If anyone can give me the source for the following, I'd appreciate it...


Leave them in peace,
Break not their long Last Post
Where in the dark before Paris' portal
They stemmed the tide and broke the Teuton boast;
Or where their blood will leap immortal
In poppy flame on Flanders' fields
Their endless striving yields
To dreamless peace.

I've never read it before and I couldn't find it on the net except where you had posted it. I would like to know the source as well but am striking out.

Rockntractor
07-26-2009, 01:22 PM
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word - the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.

Philip Larkin


If anyone can give me the source for the following, I'd appreciate it...


Leave them in peace,
Break not their long Last Post
Where in the dark before Paris' portal
They stemmed the tide and broke the Teuton boast;
Or where their blood will leap immortal
In poppy flame on Flanders' fields
Their endless striving yields
To dreamless peace.

http://www.archive.org/stream/anthologyofnewsp027363mbp/anthologyofnewsp027363mbp_djvu.txt

marv
07-26-2009, 01:51 PM
http://www.archive.org/stream/anthologyofnewsp027363mbp/anthologyofnewsp027363mbp_djvu.txt

Thanx Rock, this has bugged me for the past ten years since I first put together my Dad's WW1 stuff. It's still not the same exact source. For example:
...Their endless striving yields...vs...And valiant striving yields...But I can't tell you how happy I am now now!

How did you ever find it? I've GOOGLEd phrases over and over, and never got any hits except my own.

Rockntractor
07-26-2009, 02:04 PM
More luck than anything. I had a fourth grade teacher tell me I had a knack for using referernce materials. Before the microsoft age I used to hang out at the library one day a week.

Bubba Dawg
07-26-2009, 08:32 PM
More luck than anything. I had a fourth grade teacher tell me I had a knack for using referernce materials. Before the microsoft age I used to hang out at the library one day a week.

Nice find Rock. Hat's off to ya.....

Talismen
07-26-2009, 08:38 PM
God bless all of our WWI Veterans, those living and passed, for they fought the "war to end all wars".

(*salute)