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Claude Stanley Choules’ Death Moves The Great War Towards Dead History

WHEN Claude Stanley Choules died, an era – the First World War – came closer than ever to being dead history, a thing only recalled in books and other recorded testimony.

Last Thursday, British-born Choules – he was born on March 3, 1901, in Pershore, Worcestershire –  the last man to fight in the Great War, died in Perth. He was 110.

He is survived by one other veteran of that bloody war: British woman Florence Green. She did not see action but served with the Women’s RAF (WRAF) in 1918.

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Posted: 8th, May 2011 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)


RIP Harry Patch, Britain’s Last World One Trench Fighter Dies

7628173RIP Harry Patch, your reign as Britain’s oldest man lasted but a few days. You were 111 – which is a Nelson in cricket terms. A good innings. Now you’re out.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown once met you during the Armistice anniversary reception for World War 1 veterans.

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Posted: 25th, July 2009 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)


World’s Oldest Man Henry Allingham Dies, Harry Patch Endures

henry-allingham-young1FORMER first World War veteran Henry Allingham, 113, died today. How should he be remembered? Is he forever the old man at the ceremony to the fallen? Or the young man who went to war?

How do you mark the death of man who lived so long?

Mr Allingham’s death means that Harry Patch, 111, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is now Britain’s oldest man. It is not yet known if he now takes on Mr Allingham’s title of world’s oldest man. Mr Patch, known as the Last Tommy, is Britain’s last living soldier to have fought in the mud-soaked battle of Passchendaele in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British troops died.

Posted: 18th, July 2009 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)