World's Oldest Man Dies Aged 113

Society » OBITUARIES | July 18, 2009, Saturday // 11:31
World’s Oldest Man Dies Aged 113: World's Oldest Man Dies Aged 113 Last month, Henry Allingham (center), born in 1896, became the world's oldest man. His funeral will take place later this month at St Nicholas' Church in Brighton, UK. Photo by wordpress.com

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.

Allingham served with the UK 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", the BBC reported.

Last month, Allingham, born in 1896, became the world's oldest man. His funeral will take place later this month at St Nicholas' Church in Brighton.

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

He joined the Royal Navy Air Service in September 1915 and served in Ypres before transferring to the RAF in April 1918.

In November last year, he took part in ceremonies to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Allingham said he couldn't forget the war even if he wanted to at his 113th birthday celebrations in June.

"I saw too many things I would like to forget but I never will forget them, I never can forget them," he concluded.

 

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