Portrait honours Great War veteran

In the run-up to Remembrance Day, the Western Daily Press has unveiled a life-sized portrait of the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of World War I.

Harry Patch, 109, was called up in October 1916 to serve in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

The Western Daily Press commissioned the portrait from Somerset artist Bill Leyshon, a former thatcher now living and working in France, who began painting three years ago.

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