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We Shall Remember Them

Last week we lost Henry Allingham. One week later we have lost the last survivor of the WWI trenches, Harry Patch.

David Cameron has just issued this statement:

"I was so saddened to hear of the death of Harry Patch. The passing of our last surviving WWI soldier marks the end of an era and is a reminder of the huge debt of gratitude we owe Harry and those he served alongside. The sort of conditions they experienced and sacrifices they made are difficult for my generation to even imagine. We must never forget them and we will continue to fight for the values they fought for.  My deepest sympathies are with his family."

Iain Duncan Smith had campaigned for a state funeral service for the last WWI survivor.  There were concerns that the family of that last survivor may not want such a public occasion but a national service to remember the enormous sacrifice of the generation that has now gone forever would be entirely appropriate.  Even more meaningful would be a renewal of the national covenant that sees our troops properly equipped and veterans given the very best care.

Tim Montgomerie


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