Radiohead Song in memory of Harry Patch, WWI survivor and pacifist.

War is a calculated and condoned slaughter of human beings"--Harry Patch

Richard Metzger writes,

Beautiful, somber new Radiohead single available for download on their website.

Titled Harry Patch (In Memory Of), the song is a tribute to the oldest surviving Tommy who fought in World War I. Harry Patch was 111 years old when he died on July 25th, 2009. He fought in one of the grimmest battles of the war, the Battle of Passchendaele, where over 325,000 Allied casualties occurred and over, 260,000 Germans. The 99 day battle from July 31st 1917 to November 6th 1917, saw an average of 3,000 British troops killed, wounded, or captured daily. (By contrast, in Iraq, 3,650 US troops have died and approximately 26,000 have been wounded).

More over at Metzger's blog, including a statement by Thom Yorke. Beautiful.

Above, embedded, one of the last (if not the last) interviews with Mr. Patch before he died last month. All proceeds from the track will be donated to the Royal British Legion.