Thoughts on politics and life from a liberal perspective

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Henry Allingham - Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

I have just read the sad news that the oldest surviving veteran of the First World War (and as of last month the world's oldest man) Henry Allingham has died aged 113.

There have been tributes to Mr Allingham from across the world. He represents a generation who truly knew what sacrifice was and it is incredible to me that there are still two other UK veterans alive from a war that happened almost a century ago now (Harry Patch and Claude Choles).

As the sun sets on the living memory of that war, it is important that we make sure future generations are taught what they went through for all of our sakes. One of the great things about modern technology is that there will be a record of interviews etc. with lots of veterans from all the wars of the 20th Century and beyond which will mean that there is a wealth of material to help ensure this happens.

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