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Harry Patch train crossing the West Country for Poppy Appeal

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The Royal British Legion's annual search for volunteers to work the Poppy Appeal is launching in spectacular fashion in Devon and Cornwall today.

A train named in remembrance of war hero Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is making its way from London to Penzance.

The Class 43 locomotive was unveiled in Bristol by Harry's grandson last year Credit: ITV News

The train is being largely manned by staff at Great Western Rail who are also armed forces veterans.

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Train named after last WW1 survivor Harry Patch at Bristol

Harry Patch was the last survivor of the First World War trenches. Credit: ITV West Country

Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is to have a train named after him.

The Class 43 locomotive will be unveiled at Bristol Temple Meads station this morning by his grandson, Roger Patch.

Harry, who was born in Combe Down near Bath, died in 2009 at the age of 111.

Wreath laid in Wells for Harry Patch

Wreath laid in Wells for Harry Patch

A white poppy wreath has been laid outside the Mendip Museum in Wells this morning in memory of Harry Patch. Mr Patch was the last British soldier from World War One, who died in 2009. Tessa Munt, MP and Michael Eavis were both at the service to mark the international Peace Day.


RNLI turn out for Harry Patch memorial unveiling

The RNLI lifeboat 'Doris and Harry' outside Wells Cathedral Credit: ITV West

The RNLI are attending this afternoon's unveiling of a memorial to Harry Patch. They've brought the lifeboat 'Doris and Harry'. It was paid for with profits from Mr Patch's book, 'The Last Fighting Tommy'. Doris Whittaker was Mr Patch's close companion in his latter years.

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