"It was 90 years ago. But you can't forget it," said the 110 year old.
On the other side of the country, a lone Spitfire flew over Duxford near Cambridge, home to one of England's most famous Battle of Britain air bases.
In the Essex garrison town of Colchester, thousands gathered to salute the war dead, turning out in higher numbers than last year.
The Colchester-based 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, lost nine soldiers during its recent tour of Afghanistan, plus a further six linked to it.
British troops stationed at Afghanistan's largest military base, in Kandahar, held their own Remembrance Day ceremony.
The BBC's Ian Pannell in Afghanistan said in the 12 months since the last Remembrance Sunday service, 39 British men and women have died while serving their country.
Their comrades stationed in the southern Iraqi city of Basra also laid wreaths and attended a prayer service.
Harry Patch, accompanied by Henry Allingham, 112, and Bill Stone, 108 - the three remaining First World War veterans who still live in the UK - are due to mark the two-minute silence at the Cenotaph to commemorate Armistice Day on Tuesday.
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