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Posted on Tuesday 8th May

A £10,000 6 ft Doulting Stone memorial to the last fighting Tommy, Harry Patch, has been unveiled on the lawn of Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

Harry Patch was conscripted into the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, aged 18 and was the last British survivor of the First World War, having fought in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He died in 2009 aged 111.

A friend of Harry Patch launched a campaign in February to get the memorial built in the town where Harry lived.

The 6 Rifles Band and Bugles played on the Cathedral Green at the unveiling ceremony.

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