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Ypres pays respect to last Tommy

Harry Patch was a bridge linking us with those who gave their lives in the Great War. To meet him was to gaze into the eyes of the millions of fresh faced young men who died in the mud of northern France.

In 2008, the BBC took Harry Patch back to Belgium - at first he was unrecognised - and then word spread - and he was gently mobbed by people who just wanted to touch him.

Now the area where so many lives were lost is mourning the loss of the last British Tommy.

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