Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Local legend Harry Garrett passes away at the age of 101

Sevenoaks lost one of its most recognisable local characters last week following the news that Harry Garrett had passed away at the age of 101.

The World War II veteran, who survived the Dunkirk evacuation and fought as a Desert Rat in North Africa, was a familiar face in the area especially during the annual Poppy Appeal when he helped raise thousands of pounds.

He also became known as the ‘Sheriff of Pontoise’ for the volunteer work he did helping to looking after the Pontoise Close park and play near to his home in Riverhead.

In recognition of all his efforts, a tree was planted in his honour near the play area on his 100th birthday last year. You can read the story My Sevenoaks Community carried at the time by using the link below.

The number of tributes that have been appearing on various social media platforms is an indication of the appreciation and respect the people of Sevenoaks had for Harry and he will be greatly missed. RIP Harry.

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