Harry Patch, known as the Last Tommy, was the last British survivor who fought on the Western Front in the First World War. Originally from Somerset, after the war he worked as a plumber and helped to build the University of Bristol. He never talked about the war until the end of the twentieth century when he realised there were so few men left who had fought. He felt he had a duty to share his reflections on the war in which he had fought.
He donated the proceeds of his autobiography to the RNLI and campaigned against the building of a road over a cemetery containing war graves in France. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bristol.
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The common spirit existing in the members of a group, inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the integrity of the group.
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