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Memoris and Biographies
Author: Richard van Emden,Harry Patch
ISBN: 1408807378
Subcategory: Historical
Pages 256 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (November 2, 2009)
Category: Memoris and Biographies
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eBook The Last Fighting Tommy (Memorial Edition): The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009 (WH Smith Exclusive Edition) download

by Richard van Emden,Harry Patch


Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written fourteen books on the subject .

Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written fourteen books on the subject including Boy Soldiers of the Great War and Meeting the Enemy. He has also worked on more than a dozen television programmes on the First World War, including Britain's Last Tommies, Britain's Boy Soldiers, the award-winning Roses of No Man's Land, and most recently, War Horse: The Real Story. He lives in West London. Paperback: 256 pages.

The Last Fighting Tommy book . Harry Patch was the last surviving fighting soldier of the First World War. He died in 2009 at the age of 111. He lived a very ordinary life and didnt talk about his wartime experiences until he reached 100. This is an autobiography put together by Richard van Emden from a series of tape recordings. The one thing that really caught my attention was a memorial to the young men who had died in World War I. Their names, age, and year of death were listed. So young, and so many! So much potential lost!

238 pages : 20 cm. The oldest man in Europe is also the last surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War and this book details his life experiences. Originally published: 2007.

238 pages : 20 cm. Victorian born - Edwardian raised - Joining up - In the trenches - Passchendaele, 1917 - Wounded - Mutiny - Back to work - World War II - Growing older - Life begins at 100 - Epilogue : Harry : his family and friends.

Harry Patch was the last surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, one of. .He lives in Somerset. Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written widely on the 1914-18 conflict.

Harry Patch was the last surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, one of very few people who could directly recall the horror of that conflict. In this book, Harry remembers his childhood in the Somerset countryside of Edwardian England. His previous books include Britain's Last Tommies, Boy Soldiers of the Great War, and the best-selling The Trench. He has visited the Somme and Ypres every year since 1985 and has an expert knowledge of the First World War battlefields.

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The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009. On 17 June 2009, Harry Patch celebrated his 111th birthday. by Richard van Emden and Harry Patch. From Patch's vivid memories of an Edwardian childhood, through the horrors of the battles of Ypres and Passchendaele to working on the home front in the Second World War and fame in later life as a veteran, The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary man's extraordinary life.

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Harry Patch, the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, is one of very few people who can directly recall the horror of that conflict. Harry vividly remembers his childhood in the Somerset countryside of Edwardian England. He left school in 1913 to become an apprentice plumber but three years later was conscripted, serving as a machine gunner in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Harry Patch served as a private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

extraordinary biography by the very last witness of a devastating four years in British history' Daily Mail On 17 June 2009, Harry Patch celebrated his 111th birthday. From Patch's vivid memories of an Edwardian childhood, through the horrors of the battles of Ypres and Passchendaele to working on the home front in the Second World War and fame in later life as a veteran, The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary.

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Harry Patch, born June 17, 1898, was the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. From his vivid memories of an Edwardian childhood, the horror of the Great War and fighting in the mud during the Battle of Passchendaele, working on the home front. From his vivid memories of an Edwardian childhood, the horror of the Great War and fighting in the mud during the Battle of Passchendaele, working on the home front in the Second World War, and fame in later life as a veteran, The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary man's extraordinary life. Похожие книги: The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock.

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This book held a very interesting topic on the life of one Englishman who served his country well. Mr. Patch never wanted to be a soldier; but, when he was called upon he didn’t schlep his responsibility to the need of the time. Born at the end of the Victorian era; he was raised in an Edwardian time; a time that has long left us here in the 21st century and the England to which he was born, raised, and lived has long since become a different nation all together. Mr. Van Emden is an effective researcher and I speculate a humble sort of interviewer in this book by rights of passages that are easily understandable. I fully appreciated the easy to read type in this book, and Mr. Van Emden’s ability to tie the story together through out. Mr. Harry Patch was quite the decent man and there are simply too many passages to call my “favorite”; however, near the end of the book Mr. Patch clearly told the author in reflection of his age and being the Last Fighting Tommy that “…my whole generation fought that war in the trenches…” Mr. Patch came to despise war and even after having two sons fight in the Second World War his disdain for war was met with the sorrow that comes with war. As the First World War was a personal touch for him and his injuries – so too the Second World War would leave the Patch family to some degree without loved ones.

My interest in this book was based on the title of one British Soldier, one common ranked person who had to struggle during his time frame. I couldn’t have come across a better accounting of the time frame as a whole. The book, published in 2007 the topic and subject of Mr. Patch is born in 1898; Mr. patch would pass away in 2009 at the age 111 years young and his mental acuity intact for the age he became. The pre-war years of 1914 were quite an interesting read with occasional references to the time this was recorded for History in reflection to friends and family that were (then) in the stories of boyhood and long gone during the time of the research. Mr. Patch showed even in this late part of his life the recollections of childhood, boys getting into trouble, an education that was quite different. Before going into Military Service on behalf His Majesty and nation he earned his plumbing certification at 17.5 years of age. A skill that stayed with him for the remainder of his life serving his community and making an honest living for his family. Following the book, I finished on the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in “Merry Hell” by Captain Robert Clements (edited by Mr. Brian D. Tennyson) the dove tail effect of the battles that Mr. Patch and Captain Clements faced is rather an interesting verification of stories written. The Canadian Ross Rifle vs the British Lee-Enfield and the successful Lewis Machine Gun. Rum shots in the morning that burned going down but warmed one up were common to British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealander troops. A touching part of this story on the battlefield is more telling when Mr. Patch wanted to stop and gain information on a British Soldier he passed before he himself was injured and the Soldier laying on the ground that he was passing enroute to battle was badly injured but still alive. As this young boy lay on the field dying and bleeding Mr. Patch could hear this lad making his last gasps of breath – taking those gasps the young man called out to his Mother, but called out to her in a manner to which she was “standing there” as opposed to “calling out for her” – Mr. Patch would never get over this experience; he wasn’t allowed to gather personal information on this boy as he wished so that he himself could have written a letter to his loved ones back in England. He would never watch a war movie nor did he later care for the entry to the Second World War. He was a man who wanted to live, experience, and share with others.

This book isn’t just about war – it is about life – a life that crossed both World Wars. A life that saw many changes to his England and United Kingdom. May Mr. Harry Patch and the “Last Fighting Tommy” Rest in Peace – he lived over all a decent life; one that was committed to others.
Gavirus
The Last Fighting Tommy is more than a book about the late Mr. Patch's time in the trenches in WWI. He spends a few chapters explaining his role in the Army before and after his injuries. He makes a point towards the end of the book that his life was so much more than WWI. He acknowledges that his position as one of the last trench fighters is noteworthy but it didn't define who he was. He built a life after the war, had children and was a successful businessman. I thought it interesting that he states he didn't really celebrate what we call Veteran's Day in the U.S. (11/11). He thought of "veteran's day" as the day he lost his mates on his Lewis gun team. I guess that goes to show a veteran's perspective of war is so very different from those that have not experienced combat. Overall a good book that reads very easy.
Berkohi
I enjoyed this book enormously. Harry's life covered such a large span of time that it wouldn't be out of place as required reading in history classes: those dealing with the social issues of a specific era would especially benefit.

So many of his actions and comments reminded me of my grandfather and all the stories we heard of his antics as we grew up. Certainly the desire to cause mischief seems to have stayed with both of them throughout their lives. I can only imagine that Harry Patch possessed the same glint in his eyes when the nonsense began.

Fortunately for my grandfather he was born later than Harry and was spared service in WWI. As hard as it must have been for Harry to recall it is good that first hand accounts get recorded before the opportunity to learn more passes by.

I liked the writing style: background information is added to fill out lapses in Harry's memory, or provide greater explanations of particular situations, you get the sense that otherwise it is a transcript of what Harry actually said.