I read, over the weekend, that 10 years ago there were 12,000 WW1 vets still alive in the UK. Today there are only 4. Earlier this year saw the death of the last German vet; no surprises then that the last Australian has gone.
This was the first war in which modern technology really allowed us to capture their experiences at the time and record their later memories - their efforts will never be forgotten.
There are more than four UK Great War veterans left alive. Rumours were abound recently that the last German WW1 vet (Charles Kuntz) had died, strangely enough a few more have now surfaced in Germany. Another rumour abound in the WW1 interest circle is that a TV company will be taking a Brit, French and German WW1 Vets to the Somme to toast each other for the last time. If this is to happen, it will be a sight to see.