madclarinet (madclarinet) wrote,

Lest we forget

Over the last couple of weeks two links to the past have died.

First was Henry Allingham - a person who fought in World War 1, serving in the Roynal Navy Air Service (a under which was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to create the Royal Air Force). He died at the grand old age of 113 last week. He was with the fleet which fought the Battle of Jutland and also spent some time in the trenches defusing boobytrapped bombs left by retreating German forced.

Then today, the last surviving British survivor of the trenchs died. Harry Patch was conscripted and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele.

Both were links to the past which we no longer have. I was lucky enough during the 1990's to spend a few minutes, during a concert interval at a nursing home, to speak to a very frail World War 1 veteran. Although we couldn't speak longer, those few minutes were extremely interesting.

History is one thing, talking to people who were there is entirely another thing. If you get a chance to speak to a veteran of any war - do so, you may be surprised with what you find out.
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