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WWI veteran's passing a 'sad day' for the UK

Gordon Brown has paid tribute to Harry Patch, the last World War veteran in Britain, who has died at the age of 111.

He called Harry Patch ''the last of a generation of heroes and courageous people who served our country''.

The prime minister said it was fitting to hold a national memorial service to remember the sacrifice of WWI servicemen and women.


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