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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.

Monument to 'The Last Fighting Tommy' to be unveiled

Harry Patch, the WWI veteran who died at the age of 111 Credit: ITV Westcountry

A monument to the last surviving veteran of the World War One trenches is to be unveiled this afternoon in his home city of Wells in Somerset. Harry Patch died in 2009 at the age of 111. The ceremony will take place following a service in Wells Cathedral and a parade through the city.

The 6th Rifles Band and Bugles will play on the Cathedral Green before the service at 3pm. Around 300 people including members of the Royal British Legion, firefighters, cadets and scouts and guides are expected to take part in the parade before the memorial is unveiled outside the city's museum