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    DescriptionHarry Patch, 110 years old, is the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. From his vivid memories of an Edwardian childhood, the horror of the Great War and fighting in the mud during the Battle of Passchendaele, working on the home front in the Second World War and fame in later life as a veteran, The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary man's extraordinary life.


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    Title
    The Last Fighting Tommy
    Subtitle
    The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Patch, By (author) Richard Van Emden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780747593362
    ISBN 10: 0747593361
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, BGH, JWLF, HBJD1
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: HBW, HBWN
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    DC22: 940.48141
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.40092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO010000, HIS027090
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJF
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Thema V1.0: NHWR5, NHD, DNBH1
    Illustrations note
    B&W Inserts
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    02 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Harry Patch served as a private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He was married in 1919 and had two sons. Between the wars he worked as a plumber and on building sites in the Bristol area, and when the Second World War broke out, he served first as a fire fighter with the Auxiliary Fire Service throughout the Bath Blitz, and later alongside American troops in the run-up to D-Day. In 2002 he attended the seventy-fifth anniversary of the inauguration of the Menin Gate at Ypres, and in 2005 he took part in the BBC TV documentary The Last Tommy and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bristol. He lives in Somerset. Richard van Emden has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written widely on the 1914-18 conflict. His previous books include Britain's Last Tommies, Boy Soldiers of the Great War, and the best-selling The Trench. He has visited the Somme and Ypres every year since 1985 and has an expert knowledge of the First World War battlefields. He lives in London.
    Review quote
    'An extraordinary biography by the very last witness of a devastating four years in British history .. 'Patch is unique - living history on legs, articulate, with wonderfully vivid recall' ' Daily Mail 'Patch was not unique among millions of his comrades who endured that prolonged and supreme test of nerve and courage. But, uniquely, as the last survivor, he embodies them all' Sunday Express 'This articulate, modest and outspoken man not only remains one of the last living links with a traumatic event that has become part of the national consciousness, but is an unassailable witness of what the war was like for those who fought in it' Daily Telegraph 'A wonderful book' Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate