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More cash is needed for Harry Patch memorial in Bath
Harry Patch
Harry Patch was the oldest man in Europe when he died aged 111

More donations are needed to complete a memorial to World War I veteran Harry Patch in Bath, organisers have said.

They want to see new lead-line planters costing £5,000 placed by the war memorial in the city's Victoria Park to commemorate his life.

Organisers Barry Cruse and Cllr Bryan Chalker said many people had said they wanted to support the appeal.

"We launched the campaign last November but maybe that wasn't the best time," Mr Cruse said.

'Big and heavy'

"Each year we enter the Britain in Bloom competition and one of the judges' comments was that the planters were very old and concrete. They look naff.

"It was about the time Harry passed away and we thought what a wonderful idea to commemorate his life by money donated by the public.

"They'll cost about £5,000 because they have to be big and heavy to stop them from disappearing in the night.

"I'm certain we will raise the money but we just need to remind people about the appeal," he added.

Mr Patch, who was born in 1898 in Combe Down, near Bath, died on 25 July 2009 at Fletcher House care home in Wells, Somerset.

He was the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches during the Great War.

Mr Patch, who left school at the age of 15 to train as a plumber, was a machine-gunner in the trenches and served as a private from June to September 1917.




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