Last UK Veteran of WWI Trench Battles Dies at 111

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LONDON (AP) - Britain's prime minister says the country is mourning "the passing of a great man."

The nation's last surviving World War I army veteran has died. Harry Patch was 111. The nursing home where he was living says he "quietly slipped away" this morning.

The royal family is lauding the reluctant soldier. Queen Elizabeth says her country "will never forget the bravery and enormous sacrifice of his generation." Prince Charles says nothing can give him greater pride than paying tribute to Patch.

The machine-gunner didn't talk about his experiences in the "war to end all wars" until he was 100. Once he did, he said the bloodshed "wasn't worth it."

Patch was wounded in the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, which he
remembered as "mud, mud and more mud mixed together with blood."

The last known U.S. veteran is Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W.V.

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