It is indeed a sad moment for Kenyans as they mourn the last world war two veteran. The veteran was laid to rest by the Taita Taveta county residents at scenic Lushangonyi village in Wundanyi on Saturday.
The old man Mzee Herman Mwandighi died a week ago at the age of 101. This marked the end of an era of 27 veterans who served World War two. Mzee Herman was born in 1920 and from then he joined Kabete Technical College where he practiced Carpentry in 1940.
It was just when the veteran was at Kabete that he was recruited to join Her Majesty’s Forces in 1941.
Mzee was deployed to Abyssinia, modern-day Ethiopia, where he served alongside other fighters for four years. He was given an honorable discharge on November 25, 1945, after he was promoted to the rank of a sergeant.
By the time of his discharge, he had served for four years and 299 days. His life at home was marked by many firsts.
The veteran’s funeral ceremony was full of joy and sorrow at the same time as the residents were celebrating a life well lived.