Henry Allingham

Very sad news today, that Henry Allingham has died at the magnificent age of 113. The BBC account is here.

He was a sailor, and then an airman, and not only survived the Battle of Jutland, but also saw Passchendaele. According to the Daily Telegraph:

The scenes he witnessed of soldiers waiting to go over the top at Ypres have stayed with him ever since.

“They would just stand there in 2ft of water in mud-filled trenches, waiting to go forward,” he said. “They knew what was coming. It was pathetic to see those men like that. I don’t think they have ever got the admiration and respect they deserved.”

One Comment

  1. Alan Allport
    Posted July 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Harry Patch died today, breaking the final living link with the Western Front.


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