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    Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, has died at the age of 113, his care home has said.

    Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation.

    Bosses at his Brighton care home said everybody was "saddened by Henry's loss and our sympathy goes to his family".

    Last month, Mr Allingham, born in 1896, became the world's oldest man.
    Mr Allingham, whose life has spanned three centuries and six monarchs, has five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

    His wife Dorothy, who he was married to for more than half a century, died in 1970.
    BBC NEWS | UK | Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    RIP
    The things he has seen, i do hope i'm half as lucky and live to at least 80 ... maybe 85


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    Re: Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113





    He was not only the oldest but one of the last. If one does the math 1918 was 91 years ago meaning a young man of 18 who served back them would be at least 109 years old.
    Today the men who went to war from WW I through the Korean war are dying faster all the time with WW II dying at the rate of 1100 a day. My dad served in the South Pacific under Mac Arthur and very few of those he served with even made it home. Of his Company only a hand full survived maybe 5 or 6. He passed on in 1990. I lost friends and classmates in Vietnam and thank God two of my younger bothers who did tours over there came back alive and whole.
    My hat's off to all who served and came home and those who didn't and those who still serve today.
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    Re: Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    BBC NEWS | UK | Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    RIP
    The things he has seen, i do hope i'm half as lucky and live to at least 80 ... maybe 85
    Edit: Misunderstood the OP, mah bad.
    RIP.
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    Re: Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113



    The Queen has led the tributes to Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, who has died aged 113.

    A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said, on her behalf, he was of a generation who "sacrificed so much for us all".

    Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation.

    Prince Charles and Gordon Brown have also paid tribute to the veteran.
    BBC NEWS | UK | Royal tributes for oldest veteran


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    Re: Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    Was it the "three centuries" thing? I blinked at that one too.

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    Re: Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    RIP Henry time to go off to your mates
    Tell them the covenant still stands
    They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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    Re: Oldest WWI veteran dies aged 113

    Here's a story about him written three years ago.

    Britain's oldest known First World War veteran thanked "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women" for his longevity as he was bestowed the freedom of his home town.
    It would be foolish to ignore the wisdom of our aged elders.

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