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Military Personnel
    (June 17, 1898-July 25, 2009)
    Born in Combe Down, England, United Kingdom
    Wounded by shrapnel in the Battle of Passchendaele (September 22, 1917)
    Last surviving British combat veteran of World War I
    Received the French Legion of Honor (1998) and was named a Knight of the Order of Leopold by Belgium (2008)
    Wrote the autobiography 'The Last Fighting Tommy' (2007)
    He left school at 15 to train as a plumber.
    He lost the 1939-45 Defense Medal he received at the end of World War II and did not receive a replacement until 2008.
    For eight decades, he refused to talk about his wartime experiences or attend regimental reunions.
    A brand of cider, Patch's Pride, was named after him.
    His reign as Britain's oldest living man lasted just one week from the death of Henry Allingham to his own death.
    He was a fireman during World War II.
    He outlived two wives and two sons.
    In the documentary 'World War I in Colour,' he commented, 'If any man tells you he went over the top and he wasn't scared, he's a damn liar.'
    When he was 106, he met 108-year-old German veteran Charles Kuentz, exchanged gifts, and noted, 'I was a bit doubtful before meeting a German soldier. Herr Kuentz is a very nice gentleman, however. He is all for a united Europe and peace, and so am I.'
    He donated royalties from his autobiography to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
    During ceremonies marking the 90th anniversary of Passchendaele, he said 'It's important that we remember the war dead on both sides. The Germans suffered the same as we did.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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