Britain is mourning the loss of World War II veteran Harry Leslie Smith who famously defended social justice, called for the boycott of “apartheid” Israel and condemned UK austerity measures and the lack of support for refugees.
Smith, who lived through the Great Depression and always described himself as the “world’s oldest rebel”, died Wednesday in a Canadian hospital while visiting his son John in Ontario.. He was 95.
His son announced his death on Smith’s official Twitter account.
“At 3:39 this morning, my dad Harry Leslie Smith died. I am an orphan. #istandwithharry,” read the post.
The son of a miner, Smith joined the Royal Air Force in 1941 and served in the World War ll.
After retiring, he became a prominent campaigner against austerity measures, social injustice and racism, with his own podcast and Twitter account which was followed by more than 230,000 people.
He was the author of several books about Britain…