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Henry John "Harry" Patch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009), the last living British Tommy who actively fought in the trenches during WW1, on 27 September 2008, in a private ceremony attended by just a few people, opened a memorial on the bank of the Steenbeek at the point where he crossed the river in 1917. The memorial reads:- "Here, at dawn, on 16 August 1917, the 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 20th (Light) division, crossed the Steenbeek prior to their successful assault on the village on Langemarck. This stone is erected to the memory of fallen comrades, and to honour the courage, sacrifice and passing of the Great War generation. It is the gift of former Private and Lewis Gunner Harry Patch, No. 29295, C Company, 7th DCLI, the last surviving veteran to have served in the trenches of the Western Front."