List of last surviving World War I veterans by country

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The last living veteran of World War I (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918) was Florence Green. She was a British woman who served in the Allied armed forces, and who died on 4 February 2012, aged 110.[1] The last veteran who served in combat was Claude Choules. He served in the British Royal Navy (and later the Royal Australian Navy) and died 5 May 2011, aged 110.[2] The last veteran who served in the trenches was Harry Patch who died on 25 July 2009, aged 111. The last Central Powers veteran was Franz Künstler from Austria-Hungary. He died on 27 May 2008 at the age of 107.

The total number of people who took part in WWI is estimated by the Encyclopædia Britannica at 65,038,810. There were around 9,750,103 military deaths during the conflict.

Overall[change | edit source]

Country Name Death date Age
 Algeria Saci Ben Hocine Mahdi[3] 01998-06-01June 1998 100 years
 Austria August Bischof[4] 02006-03-044 March 2006 107 years
 Australia John Campbell Ross[5] 02009-06-033 June 2009 110 years
 Barbados George Blackman[6] 02003-03-01March 2003 105 years
 Belgium Cyrillus-Camillus Barbary[7] 02004-09-1616 September 2004 105 years
 Canada John Babcock[8] 02010-02-1818 February 2010 109 years
 Czechoslovakia Alois Vocásek[9] 02003-08-099 August 2003 107 years
 Denmark Lorenz Gram[10] 02004-12-2626 December 2004 105 years
 Estonia Juhan Kallaste[11] 01999-08-2828 August 1999 107 years
 France Pierre Picault[12] 02008-11-2020 November 2008 109 years
 Germany Erich Kästner[13] 02008-01-011 January 2008 107 years
 Guyana Gershom Browne[14][15] 02000-12-066 December 2000 102 years
 Hungary Franz Künstler[16] 02008-05-2727 May 2008 107 years
 Italy Delfino Borroni[17] 02008-10-2626 October 2008 110 years
 Jamaica Stanley Stair[18][19] 02008-04-01April 2008 107 years
 Netherlands Bert van Sloten[20] 02005-09-01September 2005 105 years
 Newfoundland Wallace Pike[21] 01999-04-1111 April 1999  99 years
 New Zealand Bright Williams[22] 02003-02-1313 February 2003 105 years
 Philippines Eracleo Alimpolo[23][24] 02002-10-022 October 2002 104 years
 Poland Stanisław Wycech[25] 02008-01-1212 January 2008 105 years
 Portugal José Ladeira[26] 02003-05-055 May 2003 107 years
 Romania Gheorghe Pănculescu[27] 02007-01-099 January 2007 104 years
 Russia Dmitry Malozemov[28] 01998-05-1313 May 1998 101 years
 Senegal Abdoulaye N'Diaye[3] 01998-11-1010 November 1998 104 years
 Serbia Aleksa Radovanović[29] 02004-06-2222 June 2004 105 years
 Slovenia Ivan Kovačič[30] 02001-04-1616 April 2001 103 years
 South Africa Norman Kark[31][32] 02000-03-01March 2000 102 years
 Thailand Yod Sangrungruang[33] 02003-10-099 October 2003 106 years
 Turkey Yakup Satar[34] 02008-04-022 April 2008 110 years
 Ukraine Mikhail Krichevsky[35][36] 02008-12-2626 December 2008 111 years
 United Kingdom Florence Green[37] 02012-02-044 February 2012 110 years
 United States Frank Buckles[38] 02011-02-2727 February 2011 110 years

By branch[change | edit source]

This is the list of the last living veterans of world war I by the country and the branch that they served:

Country Branch of Service Name Death Age
Algeria Army Saci Ben Hocine Mahdi 1998 100 years
Australia Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army John Campbell Ross 3 June 2009 110 years
Navy William Evan Allan 15 October 2005 106 years
Austria Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army August Bischof 4 March 2006 107 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Barbados Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army George Blackman March 2003 105 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Belgium Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Cyrillus-Camillus Barbary 16 September 2004 105 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Bulgaria Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army ??? ??? ???
Navy ??? ??? ???
Canada Air Force Henry Botterell 3 January 2003 106 years
Army John Babcock 18 February 2010 109 years
Navy Dwight Wilson 9 May 2007 106 years
Czechoslovakia Army Alois Vocásek 9 August 2003 107 years
France Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Pierre Picault 20 November 2008 109 years
Navy Bernard Delaire 1 October 2007 108 years
Germany Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Erich Berger 2010 109 years
Navy Franz Xaver Brandmeier 8 September 2006 107 years
Guyana Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Gershom Browne 6 December 2000 102 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Hungary Air Force ??? ??? ???
Navy ??? ??? ???
Army Franz Künstler 27 May 2008 107 years
Ireland Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Thomas Shaw 2 March 2002 102 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Italy Army Giovanni Ligato 2010 109 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Jamaica Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Stanley Stair April 2008 106 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Nepal Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army ??? ??? ???
Navy ??? ??? ???
Netherlands Air Force Bert van Sloten September 2005 105 years
Army ??? ??? ???
Navy ??? ??? ???
Newfoundland Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Wallace Pike 11 April 1999  99 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
New Zealand Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Bright Williams 13 February 2003 105 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Philippines Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army ??? ??? ???
Navy Eracleo Alimpolo 2 October 2002 104 years
Poland Air Force ??? ??? ???
Underground Movement Stanisław Wycech 12 January 2008 105 years
Navy Franciszek Pióro 11 September 2002 105 years
Portugal Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army José Ladeira 5 May 2003 107 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Romania Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Gheorghe Pănculescu 9 January 2007 104 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Senegal Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Abdoulaye N'Diaye 10 November 1998 104 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Serbia Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Aleksa Radovanović 22 June 2004 103 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Slovenia Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Ivan Kovacic ??? 103 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
South Africa Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Norman Kark March 2000 102 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Thailand Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Yod Sangrungruang 9 October 2003 106 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Turkey Air Force ??? ??? ???
Army Yakup Satar 2 April 2008 110 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
Ukraine Army Mikhail Krichevsky 26 December 2008 111 years
Navy ??? ??? ???
United Kingdom Air Force (Male) Henry Allingham 17 July 2009 113 years
Air Force (Female) Florence Green 4 February 2012 110 years
Army (male) Henry John (Harry) Patch 25 July 2009 111 years
Army (female) Ivy Lillian Campany 19 December 2008 107 years
Merchant Navy Henry Johnson 2010 108 years
Navy Claude Choules 5 May 2011 110 years
United States Air Force Homer Anderson 23 September 2006 108 years
Army Frank Buckles 27 February 2011 110 years
Navy (female) Charlotte Winters (last US female veteran) 27 March 2007 109 years
Navy (male) Lloyd Brown 29 March 2007 105 years

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