Jul 18, 2009

And Then There Were Four

The Daily Mail (UK) has noted that Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man, died at the age of 113. He was also one of two remaining British veterans of World War I. Now, there are only four left in the world (see below; the chart is taken directly from Wikipedia). My Dad remembers how when he was a kid, World War I vets were like World War II vets today: there were literally millions of them. Now, silently, for more than nine decades, they've slowly fallen away. It's sobering to think that the memory of the Great War will soon be both literally and figuratively, history.

Nationality Name Date of Birth Age Residence Force served Notes
United Kingdom Choules, Claude Stanley 01901-03-03 3 March 1901 108 Australia Flag of the United Kingdom Royal Navy Last seaman. Joined in 1916. Last witness to the scuttling of the fleet. Moved to Australia in 1926 and served with Royal Australian Navy in WWII. Lives in Perth, Western Australia.[4][5]
United Kingdom Patch, Henry John (Harry) 01898-06-17 17 June 1898 111 United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom British Army
7th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Last Tommy. Last veteran to serve in the trenches and last to be wounded in action. Called up in 1916. Last survivor of Battle of Passchendaele. Lives in Wells, Somerset.[6][7][8]
Canada Babcock, John Henry Foster (Jack) 01900-07-23 23 July 1900 108 United States Flag of Canada First 146th, CEF, then Boys Battalion Last Canadian veteran. Eligible for state funeral. Joined up in 1916. Completed training in UK but did not see action due to age. Moved to US in 1924. Lives in Spokane, Washington.[9][10]
United States Buckles, Frank Woodruff 01901-02-01 1 February 1901 108 United States Flag of the United States United States Army 1st Fort Riley casual detachment
Last Americandoughboy. Eligible for burial at Arlington. Joined in 1917. Ambulance driver near Western Front. Held prisoner in WWII. Lives in Charles Town, West Virginia.[11][12]

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