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THE LAST FIGHTING TOMMY
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HARRY PATCH, THE LAST FIRST WORLD WAR VETERAN, (DIED July 09)
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The last fighting Tommy has finally gone
At the age of one hundred and eleven
Harry Patch he was an honourable man
Now he sits with God in Heaven

He stood in the trenches, cold and afraid
Then 'Over the top,' came the call
And Harry went over, rifle in hand
But he said, 'there was fear in us all'

Now Harry shot a German, twice in the leg
As the soldier charged, bayonet in hand
Cause' Harry didn't want to kill this man
Leave him dying, in this desolate land

Old Harry, was a man, of integrity and pride
Who was saddened by the price men paid
'War's organised murder, nothing else'
Were the words that Harry once said

In fact, Harry claimed, he killed no one
He did not have that hate for his foe
But he knew the cost, with thousands lost
Was the price of this horrifying show

So Harry was the last fighting Tommy
And he deserves the last word on war
Harry says, that his comrades who died back then
Did not know what they really died for.

Rest in peace-(GJT)

 

 

 

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Reviewed by D Johnson
A fine and excellent tirubte.

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
How endearing and sincere your words are. May he rest in peace and live well in God's kingdom...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Very nice writing sweet man..enjoyed as always..stay safe and well...Hugss
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
Excellent tribute,a fine written poem for a fine man,take care

EDWIN
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
a very fitting tribute!
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Gerald,
Fine tribute to Harry and to every hero who fought for others and for their values and way of life. May he rest in peace.

John
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
I too heard this on the news last nite. A sad ending of many people who fought that war. Always remembering my heroes in all wars, each and every person who has fought and is still fighting for our country and others.
Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti
Good poem, Gerry, nice tribute.
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