Veteran Labour activist Harry Leslie Smith has died aged 95.
Harry, who served in the Second World War and wrote movingly of the suffering and death of loved ones, friends and neighbours before the foundation of the NHS, campaigned not only for the protection of our health service but stood with refugees and against all the predations of Tory government on our vulnerable citizens, showing an energy that people half his age would have been proud of. He was in Canada when he died, after being hospitalised following a fall.
News of Harry’s illness sparked a worldwide surge of sympathy, solidarity and interest, with leading figures from many nations expressing hope for his recovery under the hashtag #IStandWithHarry.
Harry met his German wife Friede in the devastation of post-war Hamburg and his book about her and their experiences, Love Among the Ruins received huge acclaim. Their son described her as ‘[Harry’s] true homeland’.
The SKWAWKBOX sends sympathy and solidarity to his family. RIP.