WWI veteran Henry Allingham dies aged 113

July 18th, 2009  

Topic: WWI veteran Henry Allingham dies aged 113

Henry Allingham, the oldest surviving serviceman from the First World War, has died at the age of 113, his care home has said.

Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service during the Great War, later transferring to the Royal Air Force and serving at Ypres.

Robert Leader, chief executive of St Dunstan's care home in Ovingdean, near Brighton, East Sussex, said: "Everybody at St Dunstan's is saddened by Henry's loss and our sympathy goes out to his family."

Less than a month ago, Mr Allingham was declared the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records.

Tomoji Tanabe, the previous world's oldest man, died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan earlier. He was also 113 years old.
Mr Allingham celebrated his 113th birthday on June 6.

In March, he received an upgraded Legion d'Honneur from the French ambassador in London and was made the first honorary lifetime member of the Royal Naval Association.

He was also presented with a doctorate in engineering from Southampton Solent University and was made an honorary freeman of his home city of Brighton and Hove in April.

Mr Allingham, whose life spanned three centuries and six monarchs, has five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

May he rest in peace.
July 18th, 2009  
May he Rest In Peace.
July 19th, 2009  
May he Rest In Peace.

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