Henry Allingham

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Henry Allingham

Henry Allingham at the Imperial War Museum on 26 June 2006
Born 6 June 1896(1896-06-06)
Clapton, London
Died 18 July 2009(2009-07-18) (aged 113)
Ovingdean, East Sussex
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Flag of the United Kingdom Air Force 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
Battles/wars

First World War

Awards Freedom of the town of Eastbourne
Freedom of the Town of Saint-Omer
Freeman of Brighton and Hove[1]
Officer Légion d'honneur
British War Medal
Victory 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.

Allingham as a baby

Early life[change | change source]

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.[2] 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]

The Officier Légion d'honneur. Awarded to Allingham in 2009.

Henry Allingham had four medals, two of which were from the First World War.

Death[change | change source]

Henry Allingham funeral will St Dunstan's on the way to the church of San Nicholas.

Allingham died on 18 July 2009 in his home in Ovingdean, East Sussex from natural causes, aged 113. A funeral service was held for Allingham at the San Nicolas Church.

The BBC asked Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet laureate, to write a poem to mark the deaths of Allingham and Harry Patch (who died one week after Allingham on 25 July 2009).

A plaque was placed next to Allingham's home to honor his longevity record in Ovingdean, West Sussex.

References[change | change source]

Records
Preceded by
Tomoji Tanabe
Oldest recognised living man
19 June 2009 – 18 July 2009
Succeeded by
Walter Breuning
Preceded by
John Evans
Oldest man from the United Kingdom
29 March 2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent