I was moved by a short piece on the BBC news about the last known surviving British soldier to have fought in the trenches of World War I. Harry Patch is 109 years old and never spoke about his experiences during the war until he was 100. He has now made the trip to Passchendaele in Belgium with historian Richard van Emden, who has been transcribing Harry’s memories. His words as one who lived through the experience are worth hearing though I doubt that those that need to hear them will act upon them.
“Too many died. War isn’t worth one life,”…
He said war was the “calculated and condoned slaughter of human beings”.
He has paid respect equally to the British and German soldiers who died there.