Template:InfoboxHenry John "Harry" Patch
(17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009), dubbed in his latter years "the Last Fighting Tommy", was a British supercentenarian, briefly the oldest man in Europe and the last surviving soldier known to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. Patch was, with Claude Choules
and Florence Green
, one of the last three surviving British veterans of the First World War and, along with Frank Buckles
and John Babcock
, one of the last known five veterans worldwide.
At the time of his death, aged 111 years, 38 days, Patch was the verified third-oldest man in the world, the oldest man in Europe and the 69th oldest man ever. He was also the last living man from Europe born in the 1800s.