Harry Patch, last surviving WWI Tommy, honoured by French

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Mr Patch, who is 110, was made an Officer of the French Legion of Honour in a ceremony at the nursing home where he lives in Wells, Somerset.

Presenting him with the medal, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, France's Ambassador to Britain, said Mr Patch embodied "the ultimate sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of troops in World War I".

Mr Patch began his Army training in 1917 and was recruited in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry as a Lewis gunner assistant and served as a private in the battle of Passchendaele in which more than 70,000 British troops died.

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