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article imageBritain's Oldest Surviving World War One Veteran Celebrates His 112th Birthday

By Michelle Duffy     Jun 6, 2008 in World
The oldest surviving WW1 veteran is celebrating his 112th birthday this week. He is also Britain's oldest man, yet that doesn't seem to be important, what is, is that he, and 3 others are the last of many who served in Britain's most horrific war
He is 112 this week. Hard to believe isn't it? Yet as we remember the wars in which Britain has served over the last hundred years every November, the veterans who appear every year have dropped one by one in number. Now there are only three surviving servicemen who served for their King and Country in World War One.
Mr Allingham who now resides along the south coast of England will be celebrating his birthday today at the Royal Air Force College in Lincolnshire. He will enjoy the day which will include a fly past by The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. He will also get to see a display by the parachute display team, whilst he watches from firmly on the ground, although being now, almost deaf and blind.
On the 6 of June, 1896, somewhere in London, Henry Allingham was born. Only a handful of years after his childhood, he joined the British Royal Air Force, and was one of the original men who joined when the Force was formed some 90 years ago. In his own lifetime, he has witnessed six monarchs and 21 prime ministers.
Others attending the birthday celebrations will be Air Vice Marshal Peter Dye (retd) and Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns.
Mr Allingham is the very last survivor of the Battle of Jutland which was in 1916. He had seen action which had involved himself being bombed and shelled. he had also fought at the Battle of the Somme and also Ypres. He had joined the Flying Corps in 1918.
He had naturally, collection numerous medals for his outstanding service including the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Legion D'Honneur - which is the highest military accolade awarded by France.
You can watch a short, but very special documentary of his life and his birthday celebrations here.
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