Harry Patch lived in Wells until he died in 2009 aged 111
A friend of the last surviving Tommy from World War I, Harry Patch, has launched a campaign for a permanent memorial to be built to honour him.
Alan Williams from Shepton Mallet first met Harry when he visited him at Fletcher House, the nursing home in Wells which Harry lived in.
What started as a fan asking his hero to autograph a book for him soon turned into a firm friendship.
Now Alan wants to raise £1,000 to get a slate memorial erected in his honour.
Alan met Harry in 2007 when, after contacting Harry's nursing home requesting for him to sign his book - Harry, instead, invited him.
"We sat chatting and when I was leaving, he put his hand on my arm and said 'you will come back and see me' to which I said yes if you want me to.
"So I called in in a few weeks, and we then became friends."
Harry died on 25 July 2009 aged 111.
"I was having a meal at the Camelot Inn (late last year) which has a large photo of Harry Patch on the wall and when I sat there I asked what the significance was of his photo on the wall?
"The owner said it was because he used to come here for his birthday meals."
After saying it was a shame that there was not a monument to him, they decided to do one themselves.
They have been given a large piece of rock from a quarry which they hope will carved into an ellipse shape complete with an inscription.
The whole process is expected to cost £1,000 and so far they have raised £250 from a Christmas raffle held at the inn.
It is hoped to be in place by April.
If you would like to make a donation, contact us here at BBC Somerset (on 01823 323 956 or email email@example.com) and we will put you in contact with Alan.