Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones On Five Books On The Great War

  • Peter Parker, 
  • Richard van Emden (ed), 
  • Mark Pottle and John Ledingham, 
  • Max Arthur, 
  • Juliet Nicolson

Harry Patch, who died in July aged 111, truly was, as Peter Parker’s title indicates, The Last Veteran – at his death in a care home in his native Somerset he was the only man left to have fought in the trenches. Harry’s war ended in September 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele, when a shell exploded over the stretcher he was carrying, killing three of his mates and wounding Harry in the groin.

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