Henry Allingham at the Imperial War Museum on 26 June 2006
|Born||6 June 1896
|Died||18 July 2009
Ovingdean, East Sussex
|Service/branch|| Royal Navy
United Kingdom Air Force
|Years of service||August 1915 – 16 April 1919|
|Rank||Rigger Aero, Aircraft Mechanic Second Class|
|Unit||Royal Naval Air Service, Great Yarmouth Naval Air Station
No. 12 Squadron RNAS
Aircraft Depot, Dunkirk
|Awards||Freedom of the town of Eastbourne
Freedom of the Town of Saint-Omer
Freeman of Brighton and Hove
Officer Légion d'honneur
British War Medal
Gold Medal of Saint-Omer
|Other work||Ford Motor Company|
Henry Allingham (born London, 6 June 1896 - 18 July 2009) was a British supercentenarian and a First World War veteran. He was an engineer for most of his life. For the last month of his life he was the oldest living man in the world (according to official records). He became the oldest man ever in Britain.
Early life[change | change source]
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Allingham was born on 6 June 1896 in London, England.
Longevity record[change | change source]
Allingham was the oldest ever member of any of the British Armed Forces and the oldest veteran of the First World War. He was the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force.
Between his 110th and 111th birthdays Allingham made over 60 public appearances, including a visit to The Oval on 5 June 2007 (the day before his 111th birthday), where he was wheeled around the boundary in front of the spectators. James Sisnett later surpassed Allingham's record and later became the second oldest man in the world.
With the help of Denis Goodwin, he wrote a book about his life. It was published on 23 September 2008.
Allingham planned to leave his body to medical science. Allingham said that Denis Goodwin persuaded him to change his mind, because he had become a symbol of the war. So he had a funeral and cremation.
War medals and awards[change | change source]
Henry Allingham had four medals, two of which were from the First World War.
Death[change | change source]
A plaque was placed next to Allingham's home to honor his longevity record in Ovingdean, West Sussex.
References[change | change source]
- "Hero Henry Allingham "honoured" to be given freedom of Brighton and Hove". The Argus (Brighton). 2009-04-30. http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/henry_allingham/4334090.Hero_Henry_Allingham__honoured__to_be_given_freedom_of_Brighton_and_Hove. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- The Last Fighting Tommy, Harry Patch
|Oldest recognised living man
19 June 2009 – 18 July 2009
|Oldest man from the United Kingdom
29 March 2009 – present