The Last Fighting Tommy by Harry Patch

About the book

Harry Patch, 110 years old, is the last British soldier alive to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. From his vivid memories of an Edwardian childhood, the horror of the Great War and fighting in the mud during the Battle of Passchendaele, working on the home front in the Second World War and fame in later life as a veteran, The Last Fighting Tommy is the story of an ordinary man’s extraordinary life.

Reviewed by  Cowdray Reading Group:

Some of the group found it difficult to get into, but most enjoyed it. The social comment, the futility of war, war as organised murder was interesting. Some surprised at what an ordinary chap Harry Patch was and his lack of interest and enthusiasm for being a soldier. All found it an honest story and enjoyed the two writers.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “The Last Fighting Tommy by Harry Patch”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI:
    As Harry only spent about 3 months in the trenches this is really a book about his life near Bath. The military trimmings being mainly supplied by his c-author.
    Star rating: **


  2. Review by Godshill WI
    Mixed feelings on this book – some thought the title misleading, thinking there’d be more about the war itself and felt the narrator “cashed in” on Harry’s age. Then again, Harry was “Everyman” representing a generation.
    ** 2 stars


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