Bill Stone, 109, Harry Patch, 111, Henry Allingham, 113,
Bill Stone: 23-Sep-1900 – 10-Jan-2009 (108)
Ned Hughes: 12-Jun-1900 – 4-Apr-2009 (108)
Jack Ross: 11-Mar-1899 – 3-Jun-2009 (110)
Henry Allingham: 6-Jun-1896 – 18-Jul-2009
Harry Patch: 17-Jun-1898 – 25-Jul-2009
Let us remember that these are the last link we have with that great war for our liberty and the huge sacrifice made by our peoples to prevent vassal status in a centralised EUropean supra national and militaristic soviet or as Barrosso prefers to call it in its latest vile emergence an Empire!
These five old gentlemen died in the 90th. year of the peace their generation bought with their lives and their youth – with their deaths recorded in 2009 – 4 Brits and the last of ‘The Diggers’ Jack Ross who died in Australia.
However let us remember that although Henry Allingham served at Jutland Harry Patch was the only one who served in the front line where he was unfortunate enough to be in time for what the Tommies called Wypers3, the Paschendale campaign where in the battle of 12-Oct-1917 13,000 Allied troops died so they had another go on the 22-Oct-1917 – part of a learning curve?
My connection with that war is very clear both the recollection of its aftermath from both my parents born in 1921, but more so from my Aunt who I see avery other week in the same home as my Mother, she was born in 1915 and has vague memories of the end of Armistice Day.
The photo below is of Jim Watkins 02-Jul-1884 – 01-Jan-1973 one of THE Old Contemptibles who left his young wife Daisy and son Ken (1914 – 1977) certain they would be back by Christmas having ensured a better world, without the vile concept of a Militarised, centralised, undemocratic supra national Super State.
Little did they realise the horrors he would experience as over 1,000,000 British soldiers died! The losses at The Somme were the most in a single day in warfare EVER, and I KNOW the horrors of digging trenches through the rotten meat and entrails of both horses and your commrades lived with him to the end of his life – waking him in tears many nights each week. Well I remember my own Father’s nightmares that tended to come about once a week, as he recalled the maggots on the bodies of The German Army in The Fallais Box, or driving a bulldozer at Bergen Belsen at only 24 whilst trying to list and help those still living between flying with 350sqdr. Spitfires from Anson strips to bring an end to the war!
Father’s speciality was low flying into the guns in railway cuttings and ‘chucking’ his hand release bombs up the tunnel with a train in it as you pulled up at the last moment to climb out with your underside being straffed (they were young me so in fear of emasculation they used to put a sheet of 1/4″ steel under the cushion on the seat)!
My Grandfather came home in 1920, via Afghanistan, The North West Frontier, The Plains of India and Dullali, a very changed man but still he struggled in duty to a long and devoted marriage and had two more sons, including my Father.
Des 08-Nov-1921 – 06-Sep-2003 and his elder brother both served in the next war against a EUropean union being forced upon us. Ken in REME where he served in tank recovery with the 8th. Army in North Africa and then up through Italy unfortunately in time to serve at The Battle of The Reichwald Forest. My Father’s war service was as a fighter pilot.
After surviving the horrors of the First World War one must be astonished at the bravery of a man who can out of patriotic duty, with equanimity, watch his sons go to war.
I make no apology for my pride in their sacrifices and courage – well I remember the many many hours I spent with my Grandfather telling me tales of the almost 90 years of experience from his clear memories of Victoria and his war, his silent determined efforts to pass on his abiding love for his Country which so many of their generation gave a life for and all of them gave their innocence and youth.
How does one keep one’s mind when standing infested with lice, frequently soddened, always damp, permanently scared, always hungry – unbathed for months desutorally watching the rats feed on the bodies of those who had already died. Month in month out – when at The Somme 1.5Million died and to say ‘under your nose’ speaks redollently of the stench of decomposing body parts in the mud.
At The Somme on 1-Jul-1916 the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead – the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army!
Nowadays we have daily reports and so far this month 20 volunteer soldiers have died and in all the time we have inflicted this obscene war on The Afghans our losses are 180 or put another way for every soldier who has died in Afghanistan over 106 died on 1-Jul-1916 – IN ONE DAY!
That was NOT a politically correct war founded on deliberate lies of politicians for their own vain glory – WWI & WWII were very real wars to defend Europe against the obscene concept of a EU Empire.
Some perspective as we see the Politicians watching as their personal aims of self enrichment via exploitation of the dreams of Bohemian Grove and the vile concept of The EU as a Super State bereft of justice, liberty, democracy, freedom and self determination are worthy of note!
We note the dishonesty of the attempts to destroy life and extort taxes to feed their habits of greed and profligacy like out of control drug addicts as they pour OUR money into the persuit of THEIR dreams and our nightmares – not so very different to The Troops going to the front bleating as sheep as they were marched past Marshall Petain (Mitterand’s vile hero!) who ordered the French Guard not only to implement a ‘Decimation’ shooting every 10th. French soldier and then The French Guard was given orders to stand behind the French lines ansd shoot any soldier who ‘turned’, did not join the charge or quit!
To keep us on our metal and ensure we are scared of something, to keep us facing forward whilst they empty our pockets the Politicians have invented new false gods and we have the new religion of Anthropomorphised Global Warming & Climate Change – which like most religions is dependent on prophets and sooth sayers in return for gross funding but for which there is not a shred of plausible evidence.
Endlessly they invent lesser gods of fear – consider, world famine and ice ages of my childhood, over population and atom bombs of my teens etc. etc.
Now since Bird Flu became something of a joke they are doing all they can to trump up Swine Flu as the great fear! Do they expect 19,240 deaths and 57,470 maimed for life any day shortly from Swine Flu – they were happy to see such casualties in WWI. Do they believe we should be much frit of Swine Flu when it seems that each year we tend to have an outbreak of flu, and it is noted that roughly one in every 1,000 who get the virus will die.
It seems that Swine Flu has failed the politicians as it is more mild than most flu viruses since it only kills 1 in 4,000 or so Government statistics show us!
Harry Patch – the last fighting Tommy who long outlived all others who served on The Western Front and can probably thank his injury, albeit it was operated on without anaesthetic, for his life! Harry Patch echoed the words of my Grandfather when he stated ‘war is just organised murder’ – my Grandfather used to say ‘War is the failure of politicians leading to badly misorganised murder and the workers pay for it with their lives’.
A hugely dignified man, immensly powerful and infinitely gentle both in personality and as he gently cultivated his huge Council House garden that fed his family before the war! Yet his greatest pride were his 3 sons’ achievements and I believe my education and travel!
I remember being very hurt that he never did wear the pyjamas I gave him for his birthday one year and it was not until after he died that I was told he kept them wrapped and new – determined to be buried in them! Such simple things from a man whose friends mostly died blown to bits or rotting!
And some people astonishingly can not understand why I am so utterly opposed to membership of The EUropean Empire my family has done all it can to oppose over generations.
May they rest in peace but never be forgotten.
It was on this day 11 years ago that Lee’s Father died, largely due to the injuries he received in a mindless attack, in his own home, by an unemployed black in anger at the failure of politicians and due to the pressures of a police state. He died of the struggle to recover from the broken bones, bite wounds and blood loss injuries from which he had never really recovered. He is remembered.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821),
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‘The arrogance and hubris of corrupt politicians
will be responsible for every drop of blood spilt
in the Wars of Disassociation, if Britain does not
leave the EU.
The ugly, centralised, undemocratic supra national policies being imposed by the centralised and largely unelected decisionmakers of The EU for alien aims, ailien values and to suit alien needs stand every possibility of creating 200,000,000 deaths across EUrope as a result of the blind arrogance and hubris of the idiologues in the central dictatorship, and their economic illiteracy marching hand in glove with the idiocy of The CAP & The CFP – both policies which deliver bills, destroy lives and denude food stocks.
The EU, due to the political idiocy and corruption of its undemocratic leaders, is now a net importer of food, no longer able to feed itself and with a decreasing range of over priced goods of little use to the rest of the world to sell with which to counter the net financial drain of endless imports.
British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit
of their own agenda and greed, have done more
damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy
of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.
The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain
into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own
personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain
more than the armies of Hitler
and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.
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