Last week thousands in Britain attended a funeral for Harry Patch, the last British survivor and veteran of World War I, who died on July 25th at the age of 111. For many, Mr. Patch’s death marked the end of an era, the passing of the last man living who could tell what it was to be a soldier in the Great War. Harry Patch was memorialized in a poem by Sir Andrew Motion in 2007, when Motion was the British poet laureate. His five-part poem, "Harry Patch: 'The Last Fighting Tommy'" is included in The Mower: New and Selected Poems, just out from Godine.
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Also: listen to the Radiohead tribute, 'Harry Patch (in Memory of)'