Jun 17, 2010

Harry Patch’s new gravestone

Had Harry Patch still been living he would have celebrated his 112th birthday today. It therefore seemed apt that a short service of dedication was held this morning at his new gravestone in the beautiful surroundings of the churchyard of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels at Monkton Combe.

Along with about 20 others of friends and family I was delighted to attend and after the short service of dedication for the headstone presided over by Rev. Paul Langham we laid some flowers and chatted about our memories of Harry. He was such a part of our lives and it seemed strange in meeting up with his friends and family that he wasn’t there. Then again, as was noted by some, perhaps he was!

The gravestone is simple – no doubt just how Harry would have wanted it. Apparently his grave receives a good number of visitors and I find it tremendous that his grave (and that of his parents) is now so well marked and looked after. Well done to the wonderful David Isaacs for organising this all so well.

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One Response to “Harry Patch’s new gravestone”

  1. Mark says:

    Nice tribute to a great man


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