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Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:57 am

Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man, last original member of the Royal Air Force, last but one surviving world war one veteran, has died aged 113, at his care home in England.

Last November, Henry along with the two other surviving WW1 veterans, were honoured guests at the annual Rememberence Day last november.
Now only Harry Patch is left.

Like many of his generation, Henry shut out his war experiences, including his time on the Western front and his aerial view of the great naval battle of Jutland.
But very late in life, he felt he should pay homage to those who did not survive.
In the last few years, he became something of a national icon, having been born when Queen Victoria was on the throne, he travelled around recalling his life across three centuries, recieving many honours and had a book written about his life story.

When asked how he had lived to such an advanced age, he would reply, whisky, cigarettes and wild women!

His death is headline news today.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8157128.stm

Last year's rememberence ceromony;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7720601.stm

Visiting schools to recall his long life;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6569687.stm

Other events of Henry's last years;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7945601.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7632416.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7439117.stm

That he will rest in peace is certain.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:52 am

Thank you for everything Henry  Smile
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:39 pm



Quoting GDB (Thread starter):
When asked how he had lived to such an advanced age, he would reply, whisky, cigarettes and wild women!

 Big grin - seems like I am on the right road to a long life then!

But seriously my utmost respect to this man. Born in 1896 and served in both world wars. what a life he must have lived.

From the BBC:

1901 - Queen Victoria dies
1914 - WWI begins
1929 - The Wall Street Crash
1945 - First atomic bomb detonated
1953 - Everest climbed for the first time
1963 - President Kennedy assassinated
1969 - Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon
1977 - Death of Elvis Presley
1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall
1990 - Nelson Mandela freed from prison after 27 years
2008 - US elects first black president

Thanks for your service to our country...RIP
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:30 pm

An obituary and pictures of his life and times;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2009/jul/18/obituary-henry-allingham

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/jul/18/henry-allingham

He said that the sight of an aeroplane, a Sopwith Pup fighter, made him want to go into the Royal Naval Air Service, that's for me!
He had been going to be a dispatch rider.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:52 pm



Quoting GDB (Thread starter):
When asked how he had lived to such an advanced age, he would reply, whisky, cigarettes and wild women!

One of the residents at the care home I work at said that chocolate is a key to a nice long life.

She's almost 102, granted a far cry from how long this fellow lived.  Wink

Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 2):
But seriously my utmost respect to this man. Born in 1896 and served in both world wars. what a life he must have lived.

From the BBC:

1901 - Queen Victoria dies
1914 - WWI begins
1929 - The Wall Street Crash
1945 - First atomic bomb detonated
1953 - Everest climbed for the first time
1963 - President Kennedy assassinated
1969 - Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon
1977 - Death of Elvis Presley
1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall
1990 - Nelson Mandela freed from prison after 27 years
2008 - US elects first black president

Thanks for your service to our country...RIP

Wow, now that's a lot of major events to have experienced in life, and what a nice long life he had. RIP mate!
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:45 pm

You can add the first heavier than air flight to that list too.
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:33 pm

This is a generation which has gone through much more trouble and strife than we ever will.

They would never have imagined any of the material things we have now when they were young. Not even running water or electricity.

Not talking about having to fight WWI -and- WWII with all the hardships... not just one most cruel horrible war but two...

Who will now serve and defend their Nation like these people did? The concept of Nation has practically disappeared...

RIP Mr Henry Allingham

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There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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RE: Worlds Oldest Man Passes At 113

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:24 pm

Henry, what you did for this country and for this world will never be forgotten.

I stand and salute you, Sir.

May God bless you.

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