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At what age did Harry Patch die?
A)100 years
B)101 years
C)111 years
D)121 years

Last updated date: 23rd Jul 2024
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Hint: Harry Patch was the last surviving combat soldier to have fought in the First World War or the War to end all wars.

Complete answer:
Harry John Patch was born on 17th June 1898 in Combe Down, Somerset in England. Harry became a part of the British Army in 1916 in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry unit. He reached France in June 1917. He fought in the trenches until he got injured in an enemy shelling attack which killed three of his comrades. He was consequently removed from the front lines and he was still recovering when the first world war ended and the Armistice was signed. In his opinion even though England had won the war, humanity lost. A lot of lives were lost in the war, and nothing justifies such mayhem.

The mindless killing of each other and the immense suffering of both his own comrades and the enemy soldiers had a deep impact on his mind throughout his long life. Harry Patch’s accounts of the war, really render us wondering about the futility of war and how the governments send in the youth to the battlefield to fulfill their thirst for power and glory.

Hence, the correct answer is option (C)

Note: Harry Patch’s biography is named, “ the Last Fighting Tommy”. In November of 2004, at the age of 106, Harry Patch met Charles Kuentz, a 107-year-old Alsatian veteran, who had fought on the German side at Passchendaele. In Harry’s words, "Too many died. War isn't worth one life".