Harry Patch

Poppies fall around British <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST00000109" title="World War I (1914-1918)" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/wars-interventions/world-war-i-%281914-1918%29-EVHST00000109.topic">World War I</a> veteran Harry Patch in October 2007 at the launch of the Royal Britich Legion Poppy Appeal. Patch, who was injured in the third battle of Ypres in 1917 and had surgery without anesthetic, didn’t talk about his experiences until late in his life. He was <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO000005" title="Britain" href="/topic/international/britain-PLGEO000005.topic">Britain's</a> last surviving World War I veteran.

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Poppies fall around British World War I veteran Harry Patch in October 2007 at the launch of the Royal Britich Legion Poppy Appeal. Patch, who was injured in the third battle of Ypres in 1917 and had surgery without anesthetic, didn’t talk about his experiences until late in his life. He was Britain's last surviving World War I veteran.

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