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Three(!) World War I veterans are left in the world:
 
1.Claude Choules(UK)
 
2.Florence Green(UK) 
 
3.Frank Buckles(US)

The last three WWI veterans, apparently.

Jozef Kowalski of Poland, the last veteran of the Polish-Soviet War and also the last veteran of any World War I-era conflict, is also alive.

Less than the fingers on a hand.

 

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Thanks for posting this. I was just wonder the other day when I was looking at a picture of my great uncle who fought in that war. You've saved me the trouble of looking it up.

By the way, it's fewer than the fingers on a hand.

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Three(!) World War I veterans are left in the world:
 
1.Claude Choules(UK)
 
2.Florence Green(UK) 
 
3.Frank Buckles(US)


And now, there are only two.

Frank Buckles, the last surviving doughboy died on 27 Frbruary. Article from Wikipedia.

By Order of the Commander in Chief, the National Colours will fly at half-staff in his honour on the day of his burial:
Frank Buckles honored by President Obama

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Three(!) World War I veterans are left in the world:
 
1.Claude Choules(UK)
 
2.Florence Green(UK) 
 
3.Frank Buckles(US)


And now, there are only two.

Frank Buckles, the last surviving doughboy died on 27 Frbruary. Article from Wikipedia.

By Order of the Commander in Chief, the National Colours will fly at half-staff in his honour on the day of his burial:
Frank Buckles honored by President Obama

And Claude Choules is the only combat veteran left. Jozef Kowalski is also the last Polish-Soviet War veteran alive still. Florence Green, being a woman, was not allowed to see combat. Choules being the youngest vet of them by the way (his 110th birthday is March 3rd), he will probably be the last WWI veteran. His autobiography from 2009 is, conveniently enough, titled The Last of the Last. He shuns Remembrance Day celebrations as he disapproves of the "glorification of war".

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Claude Choules died today, the last combat veteran of WWI. 


The only living veteran remaining is Florence Green of the UK, who never saw combat as she was not allowed to serve being a woman and all. 

Jozef Kowalski is the last WWI-era veteran left, having served in the Polish-Soviet War.

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Kind of amazed there's been no reaction to this. The LAST WWI combat veteran has died.
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Only one veteran of WWI is left, Florence Green of the UK. One. Uno. Un. And she did not see combat. The last WWI combat veteran died and there's been basically no commemoration on this forum. I'm amazed.
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I am sure everyone had respectfully noted the sad occasion before its mentions here. Looking back through the thread, a couple of years ago Jovan asked me if I could track down a poem about one of the events of the next great conflict. I wasn't able to at the time, but could Dunkirk Rescue by Children be it?
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I am sure everyone had respectfully noted the sad occasion before its mentions here. Looking back through the thread, a couple of years ago Jovan asked me if I could track down a poem about one of the events of the next great conflict. I wasn't able to at the time, but could Dunkirk Rescue by Children be it?


It is indeed, Peter. Thank you ever so much. I got nostalgic chills as I began to read it!


***Edited to add***
And tears in my eyes as I read it for the first time in decades! Thank you!


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You're very welcome, Jovan, glad it was the right one and gave you such pleasure.
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THE LAST WORLD WAR I VETERAN HAS DIED!!!!!!

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk_first_world_war_veteran_dies_aged_110_1_1201358



Florence Green, a noted Norfolk supercentenarian, died on February 4th, 2012, just a couple of weeks before her 111th birthday.

She was of course noted because she was the last WWI veteran alive.
She is now gone, and with her passes the last known living link to that great and terrible conflict.


There is one WWI-era veteran left, Jozef Kowalski of Poland (b. 1900), who is the last veteran of the Polish-Soviet War.

And you may note that the Encyclopedia Britannica estimated that 65,038,810 people served in the First World War. As of this week, there are none left. R.I.P.

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She died just a week short of her 111th birthday. 


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Its sad that she passed on, but that doesn't necessarily mean the last living link to the conflict has passed. Surely there is someone who was alive, perhaps slightly too young to serve in the military at the time, who lived through the conflict and experienced the pain of losing an older sibling or parent to the war. Servicemen and women were not the only ones directly afflicted by that dreadful conflict.
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She died just a week short of her 111th birthday. 

She died 15 days short of her birthday.

It's very sad. There are some people who didn't serve in the military and remember the war, but she was the last veteran. It's the end of an era.

Are the British authorities going to do anything in honour of their last veteran, Florence Green, as Americans honoured Frank Buckles?
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Are the British authorities going to do anything in honour of their last veteran, Florence Green, as Americans honoured Frank Buckles?

Not sure, but I would point out that when Jack Babcock, the last surviving Canadian veteran died, he had personally asked that he not be honoured with the State Funeral Her Majesty's Canadian Government wished to give him.

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