Claude Stanley Choules, last WWI veteran, dies at 110

Claude Stanley Choules, last WWI veteran, dies at 110. 44244.jpegClaude Stanley Choules, the last known combat veteran of the first World War, has died.

Claude Choules, the last person to have served in both world wars, has died, the Royal Australian Navy said in a statement. He was 110.

"Dad was always proud of his Navy service and considered it his other family," his daughter, Anne Power, said in the statement. "We are grateful for the navy's continued association with the family and their recognition of our father's life."

Mr Choules lived in Australia for more than 80 years. He spent his final years in Gracewood Hostel near Perth, Western Australia. He passed away early this morning, the statement said, according to Irish Times.

British-born Claude Choules served in the Royal Navy during World War I and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow.

Mr Choules was born in 1901 and signed up for the Great War at just 14 years of age.

After the war, he moved to Perth and joined the Australian Navy, working as a demolition officer at the Fremantle Harbour during World War II.

Mr Choules died in his sleep in a Perth nursing home overnight, ABC Online reports.

Choules is survived by three children and 11 grandchildren. His wife of eight decades died three years ago.

Florence Green, who is 110 and served the Women's Royal Air Force, is the world's last known surviving service member of WWI, GlobalPost informs.


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