Apparently it's not that bad for your health (as long as you survive the War, that is): Oldest TA Veteran Dies Aged 105 Alastair Bruce May 29, 2009 7:24 PM It was a gentle end to a lifetime of service. In 1924, at the age of 20, he signed up in Oldham, Lancashire, and was mobilised at the outbreak of the 2nd World War to serve in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Africa and Italy. Last year he attended a number of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Territorial Army. His presence was an inspiration to a new generation of volunteers, most of which have seen service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will be greatly missed by his family - which includes all serving and past members of the TA. I spent time chatting with him last year when he was sat amongst a group of fascinated young soldiers. He was bright eyed, loving every minute but, like many veterans who have risked all for the country, his eyes welled up with memories of TA mates long gone. In April this year, he celebrated his 105th birthday. His local TA unit took him a cake and thanked him for his voluntary service. Just last year, Edwin said, "I loved every minute of my involvement with the TA and would join them tomorrow if they would have me, but at my age now I wouldn't be of any value to them". How wrong he was, he was greatly valued to the end and his example will never be forgotten. He was a noble example of his generation. http://blogs.news.sky.com/stateandfaith/Post:b30fb755-31fe-470d-ac61-ed23d98904d5 RIP old Soldier, and (from a rather selfish TA viewpoint) nice to see us getting some decent publicity for once - well done whoever noticed this old chap and sorted out his visits, etc.