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Last WWI combat veteran dies aged 110

5th May 2011

The last known combat veteran from World War I, Claude Choules, has died at the age of 110, his family has confirmed.

Like many young men at the time, Mr Choules lied about his age to enlist in the armed forces, joining the Royal Navy at the age of 17 and serving aboard HMS Revenge.

After witnessing events including the surrender and scuttling of the German fleet in the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow, Mr Choules moved to Australia in 1920 and served in the country's military until 1956.

His experiences during World War I formed the basis of his autobiography The Last of the Last: The Final Survivor of World War I, published in 2009.

In an interview last year, Mr Choules reflected on his life: 'I'm lucky aren't I, to be surviving all that time, If I had my time over again I wouldn't change a bit of it.'

The last remaining World War I veteran is now thought to be British woman Florence Green, who served as a waitress in the Women's Royal Air Force and turned 110 last year.

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