Saturday, 27 June 2009

The world's oldest man

First World War Royal Naval Air Service veteran Henry William Allingham has been recognized as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records.

Born 6 June 1896 in Clapton, in the East End of London, he not only survived a childhood as an orphan, his father having died before he was born, but also service during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), and the Battle of Jutland.

He is one of only two surviving British soldiers from the First World War, and the last surviving founding member of the RAF.

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