Harry Patch (In memory of)

Radiohead – Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

This is the first time I have blogged here without a downloadable MP3 but this is a special occasion and a good cause to boot.¬†Harry Patch, who died last month, was Britain’s oldest surviving First World War veteran, and the world’s third oldest man when he passed away. He was Britain’s last Tommy.

This morning, the Today Programme on Radio Four debuted a new song by Radiohead in Harry’s memory. The track is a moving, fitting tribute to his death and also a lament for the carnage and futility of the First World War and all others too.

The song inspired me to take a trip to the Cenotaph on Parliament Street in Westminster after work today to take some photos to sit alongside this post. I wanted an image that captured the timelessness of the monument, and also how it fits into people’s every day lives, so that hopefully, now and then, it gives them pause for thought. The image also captures the Palace of Westminster in the background, where those who make the decisions to send young men to war go about their business, right or wrong – as the song says, “Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves”.

The link above takes you to the BBC’s website where you can stream the track to listen, but Radiohead are also offering it as a ¬£1 download from Waste with all the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, who support war veterans and their families, so please purchase the song and support a good cause:

Get the track

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