Tribute to ‘the last Tommy’

WELLS CATHEDRAL in Somerset was the location of the funeral this week of Private Harry Patch, the last veteran of the First World War. Private Patch, who dies recently aged 111, was known as “the last Tommy”, and reportedly didn’t want a fuss made over him. However, thousands of people lined the streets of Wells for the funeral procession to honour him. He is also being remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Patch laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in London on Armistice Day last November, and this wreath is being put on public display at at the Staffordshire memorial. He was a quiet man and refused to talk about the war publicly until he was 100. The National Memorial Arboretum is set in 150 acres of trees in the National Forest near Lichfield and is supported by the Royal British Legion. It is home to the National Forces Memorial, a focus for remembrance, designed by architect Liam O’Connor, who drew his inspiration from the landscapes of ancient Britain and the classical architecture of ancient Rome