Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Last WWI combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110

Claude Choules with his daughter Claude Choules celebrated his 110th birthday with family in March
The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Stanley Choules, has died in Australia aged 110.
Known by his comrades as Chuckles, British-born Mr Choules joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16.
He migrated to Australia in the 1920s, served in the military for more than 40 years and had been married to his wife for 80 years.
Mr Choules was reported to have died in his sleep at a nursing home in his adopted city of Perth
He is survived by three children and 11 grandchildren. Enid, his wife of eight decades, died three years ago.
Mr Choules' 84-year-old daughter, Daphne Edinger, told the Associated Press news agency: "We all loved him. It's going to be sad to think of him not being here any longer, but that's the way things go."
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