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Ticket details for Patch memorial
Harry Patch
Harry Patch fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I

Details have been released about how people will be able to attend the funeral of Harry Patch.

The last British veteran of the first world war trenches died at the age of 111 at his care home in Wells.

A service will be held at Wells Cathedral on Thursday 6 August at 12pm. Access will be ticket only.

People wanting to attend can go to Wells Cathedral office in Chaingate, Cathedral Street, Wells from 9.30am on Friday or can apply by post.

A total of 1,050 tickets will be made available, two per person. Three quarters will be available to personal callers, the remainder to postal applications. It is anticipated that all of the tickets will be allocated on Friday 31 July, but if any remain free, they will be available for issue on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 August.

Some of the public seats will only provide a restricted view of the service. The congregation need to be seated by 11:40 am and will not be able to view the cortege.

Organisers are also planning to relay the service onto screens on Cathedral Green for people unable to get tickets.

Peace and reconciliation

At approximately 1130, Harry's coffin will begin its journey from Fletcher House to the cathedral. The coffin will be flanked by six private soldiers of the Rifles Regiment, the successor to Harry's Regiment, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

The coffin will also be flanked by two private soldiers of each of the armies of Belgium, France and Germany. In this way, it is hoped to symbolise Harry's desire for reconciliation and his view that "Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims".

Members of the public are encouraged to pay their respects to Harry by lining the route of the cortege as it travels through the centre of Wells to the cathedral. Silence is requested.

Harry's funeral service will commence at noon where the theme of the service will be "Peace and Reconciliation".

The service will end outside the cathedral at Great West Gate where the last post will be sounded.

A book of remembrance has been opened at the town hall.




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