Congratulations to Mr. Allingham

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    World War I veteran Henry Allingham is the world's oldest man following the death of a 113-year-old in Japan, Guinness World Records has confirmed.

    Mr Allingham, one of only two surviving WWI veterans in the UK and the last surviving founder member of the RAF, was born on 6 June 1896.

    He was born in Clapton, London, and now lives at St Dunstan's Centre for blind ex-service personnel near Brighton.

    Tomoji Tanabe died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan, aged 113.

    Mr Tanabe was named as the world's oldest man in June 2007 and credited his longevity to drinking a daily glass of milk.

    'Take in stride'

    Mr Allingham's friend and chaperone, Dennis Goodwin, said: "It's staggering. [Henry] is philosophical.

    "He will take it in his stride, like he does everything else.

    "He withdraws in himself and he chews it over like he does all the things he has done in his life.

    "That's his secret I think."

    Mr Allingham, whose life has spanned three centuries and six monarchs, has five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

    1901 - Queen Victoria dies
    1914 - WWI begins
    1929 - The Wall Street Crash
    1945 - First atomic bomb detonated
    1953 - Everest climbed for the first time
    1963 - President Kennedy assassinated
    1969 - Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon
    1977 - Death of Elvis Presley
    1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall
    1990 - Nelson Mandela freed from prison after 27 years
    2008 - US elects first black president
    Most of his family now live in the United States but his nephew Ronald Cator, 74, lives in Acle, Norfolk

    Mr Cator said: "It's fantastic news. He is very frail now but I'm sure he'll be very pleased to hear it.

    "We are very proud of him."

    Mr Allingham joined the Royal Navy Air Service in September 1915 before transferring to the RAF in April 1918.

    The Royal Navy hosted a birthday party on the HMS President in London for his family, close friends and members of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force earlier this month.

    In the past year, Mr Allingham has been given a doctorate in engineering from Southampton Solent University, been made an honorary freeman of Brighton and Hove and become the "oldest scout".

    In March, he was made an honorary member of the Royal Naval Association and also received an upgraded Legion d'Honneur in London, six years after receiving his first one.

    Mr Allingham is the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland and has also published his life story.

    Nigel Huxtable, of the Royal Naval Association, said: "Our association members are thrilled to share his good news.

    "We are delighted that he is now the oldest man in the world and look forward to him stretching his life even further."

    Mr Allingham became Britain's oldest-ever man in March when he reached 112 years and 296 days, surpassing Welshman John Evans who died in 1990.
  2. A simply remarkable, remarkable gentleman. There's simply no way we can repay what this quite astonishing man and his generation paid.

  3. Good effort to make it as a teenager once you;'ve already gone round the clock. Can't quite forgive him for forming the RAF though
  4. My bold - Yes but it was on the 1st. April. He at least displayed a good sense of humour.
  5. mercurydancer

    mercurydancer LE Book Reviewer

    Mr Allingham and Mr Patch are national treasures.

    Now Mr Allingham is a teenager again, I wont mind him skateboarding, drinking cider or making clumsy approaches to girls. In fact I hope he does.