Post By highvoltage
May 5th, 2011 09:04 AM
Last combat veteran of the first world war dies at 110
The end of an era.
Last combat veteran of the first world war dies at 110 | World news | guardian.co.uk
Claude Stanley Choules, the last known combat veteran of the first world war, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Perth, Western Australia his family have said. He was 110.
"We all loved him," his 84-year-old daughter Daphne Edinger said. "It's going to be sad to think of him not being here any longer, but that's the way things go."
Beloved for his wry sense of humour and humble nature, the British-born Choules nicknamed "Chuckles" by his comrades in the Australian navy never liked to fuss over his achievements, which included a 41-year military career and the publication of his first book at the age of 108.
He usually told the curious that the secret to a long life was simply to "keep breathing." Sometimes, he chalked up his longevity to cod liver oil. But his children say in his heart, he believed it was the love of his family that kept him going for so many years.
"His family was the most important thing in his life," his other daughter, Anne Pow, said in a March 2010 interview. "It was a good way to grow up, you know. Very reassuring."
Choules was born on 3 March, 1901, in Pershore, Worcestershire, one of seven children. As a child, he was told his mother had died – a lie meant to cover a more painful truth. She left when he was five to pursue an acting career. The abandonment affected him profoundly, Pow said, and he grew up determined to create a happy home for his own children.
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
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May 5th, 2011 09:12 AM
He is really not exactly a combat veteran. The HMS Revenge only fought in one single battle in WWI, and that was the battle of Jutland in June 1916. However, Choules did not join the ship until 1917. The German fleet never came out again to fight.
So they are really stretching the definition of being in combat here. Yes, he served on a combat ship. But it never saw any action while he was on board.
May 5th, 2011 12:58 PM
Okay, so let's just call him the last veteran of WWI.
May 5th, 2011 06:15 PM
There is a still a woman veteran alive in Britain by the name of Florence Green. She served as a waitress at a Royal Air Force mess hall.
Originally Posted by highvoltage
Choules was the last male veteran.
May 12th, 2011 06:02 PM
I came across this article in an email my buddy sent a couple days ago.
What I take away from the article that impresses me, is he has an
1} EIGHTY-FOUR YEAR OLD DAUGHTER still alive;
2} He served his country for FORTY-ONE YEARS IN THE SERVICE;
3} As a child, he was told his mother had died — a lie meant to cover a more painful truth: She left when he was 5 to pursue an acting career. The abandonment affected him profoundly, said his other daughter, Anne Pow, and he grew up determined to create a happy home for his own children.
4} In his 80s, he took a creative writing course at the urging of his children and decided to record his memoirs for his family. The memoirs formed the basis of his autobiography, which was finally published three decades later in 2009. He would cite the book as one of his greatest achievements
AND MUCH more,.
This man deserves a salute for his dedication and fortitude in the service, and his simple, yet effective outlook in his later years.
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