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I just read his part in the book 'last post' by max arthur in kind of respect for his life.
and the fact i have very close connections with the armed forces it saddens me greatly.
what it's going to feel like to the LAST remaing veteran of the great war? all those millions of people killed all that time ago and your the last alive. assuming his brain hasn't completely turned to mush by that stage it must be pretty crazy. another thing that is pretty crazy is that he retired aged 68 in 1968 and has only just died! fuckinghell!
I watched all of band of brothers AGAIN this weekend and watching the last episode where it says what happened to these heroic soldiers. If i were some of them i would have rather still been in the war.....it's great to see some still alive though. I really would love to talk to a few.
to go alongside steven ambrose book now
but not doubt it'll be people to the right of the sun, ing-ger-land nationalists who'll be all over this 'claiming' him and our other veterans as theirs rather than ours (meaning all of britain).
which is a massive shame.
my brother is a serving officer but all the different 'we love the troops' things i see are a front or full of people who i would rally against on everything. sub-clarkson casually racist and generally ranting against many of the freedoms that makes our country so nice.
for years of his life he could have been killed instantly, he would have always been dodging danger and seeing death and he dies peacefully in his bed many many years later.
So now there are three survivors from WW1 one from each service...obviously it wasn't the RAF it was the royal naval air sevice and the royal flying corps which then merged to become RAF