Claude Choules, British Royal Navy, Last Known Combat Veteran of World War I Dies at 110

By on May 6, 2011 in Australia, World Comments
Claude Choules
Claude Choules
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Claude Stanley Choules, the last known combat veteran of World War I and one of the last people to have served in both world wars, reportedly died on Thursday, May 5, in a nursing home in western Australia. He was 110 years old.

According to reports, Choules was born in the small British town of Pershore, Worcestershire on March 3, 1901. He was raised in nearby Wyre Piddle village.

He reportedly lied about his age so he could join the British Royal Navy; enlistees were supposed to be at least 18 years old. He trained with the British Royal Navy just one month after his 14th birthday.

Choules witnessed the surrender of the German Imperial Navy in 1918. In 1926, he was said to have transferred to the Royal Australian Navy after working as an instructor at a naval depot.

He was a torpedo officer during World War II. After serving with the Naval Dockyard Police, he retired at age 55.

His daughter, Daphne Edinger, 84, reportedly confirmed his death. His cause of death was not reported.

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