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Monday, March 7, 2011

Claude Choules Turned 110 On March 3, 2011

Claude Choules, British World War I Veteran currently living in Australia and the absolute last surviving man to have served in the Great War, turned 110 on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Claude is the last person alive to have seen action in both World Wars: he was a seaman who witnessed the surrender of the German Imperial Navy and the scuttling of the German fleet in World War I and he was the Acting Torpedo Officer and Chief Demolition Officer whose tasks included diffusing mines in World War II. He served in both the British Royal Navy and the Australian Navy. He is currently blind and near deaf and no longer grants interviews.

Here is an interview with Claude from 2009:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npTBuJdiqoc

An article:
http://www.herald-mail.com/news/hm-australias-last-wwi-veteran-turns-110-today-20110303,0,1010484.story?track=rss

Another article which states he had THREE pieces of cake on his birthday!!! That's a party I needed to go to!
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/veteran-the-last-man-standing-at-110/story-e6frg6nf-1226015595074

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