Thursday, 10 May 2007

The oldest surviving Tommy

My husband has a worrying enthusiasm for films and books about wars and death - the amount of information we have on our shelves about Hitler & co. has to be seen to be believed. However, he has just suggested a worthy addition to this list: Henry Allingham.

Henry is the oldest surviving veteran of World War I, and all being well will celebrate his 111th birthday on June 6th. He has recently been in the news for his visit to a school to talk about his experiences: as one student put it, "he's lived in three centuries". Allingham credits "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women — and a good sense of humour" for his longevity.

He'll turn up all over the internet if you search, but here he is to start with:

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