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WW1 survivor Patch funeral takes place today

7th August 2009

Harry Patch, the last British survivor of the First World War trenches, will be buried today.

Patch died last month and was Britain's oldest man at 111 as well as being the country's last survivor to have fought in the trenches of World War One.

The ceremony is set to take place at Wells Cathedral where the bells will toll 111 times to mark the age of his passing.

Patch will be seen off by soldiers belonging to the regiment that proceeded his own.

The British public were able to apply for tickets for the funeral, with Patch having captured the hearts of the public, celebrities, politicians and royalty.

Underlining Patch's posthumous high-profile, Radiohead recorded a musical tribute to the war hero, released earlier this week.

The veteran also published an autobiography last year, The Last Fighting Tommy.

Patch also received tributes from the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who was commissioned to compose a new work in honour of the former soldier and plumber.

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