Oldest veteran of WWI reaches 112

#1
Beeb said:
Britain's oldest man, thought to be one of three surviving UK World War I veterans, is celebrating reaching his 112th birthday.

Henry Allingham, who was born in London on 6 June 1896, is also the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force - formed 90 years ago.
Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7439117.stm

He has joked that the secret to his longevity is "cigarettes, whisky and wild women". Good advice sir! :D
 
#2
Well done Sir.

Have a great birthday and many happy returns.

TZA
 
#3
Heres a thought for you - on the 64th aniversary of D-Day, lets not forget that this chap turned 48 on 6/6/44!
 
#6
Congratulations Sir.
 
#7
I saw Mr Allingham and his family yesterday at Coningsby and watched whilst he gave a spirited interview next to a Spitfire in the BBMF hangar. Amazing gentleman whose sense of humour and love of life remains evident!

Someone pointed out another elderly chap to me and remarked that that was Henry's grandson!!!!

Many happy returns and let's hope for many more!!

Regards and respect,
MM
 
#9
PsyWar.Org said:
Beeb said:
Britain's oldest man, thought to be one of three surviving UK World War I veterans, is celebrating reaching his 112th birthday.

Henry Allingham, who was born in London on 6 June 1896, is also the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force - formed 90 years ago.
Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7439117.stm

He has joked that the secret to his longevity is "cigarettes, whisky and wild women". Good advice sir! :D
My bold. Do we as a country hold our veterans in such disregard that we're not sure how many there are?

Sorry to sour an otherwise very uplifting and inspiring thread. Many happy returns sir.
 
#12
There are 3 Henry,Harry Patch,army,109 and Bill Stone, RN stoker,107.Henry is the last remaining survivour of the Battle of Jutland when he was in the RNAS.
 
#13
Happy Birthday and many happy returns!!

It's so nice to see that the RAF are giving something back too with the Battle of Britain tribute.
 

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#14
PsyWar.Org said:
He has joked that the secret to his longevity is "cigarettes, whisky and wild women". Good advice sir! :D
Who cares how long you live. Its the quality not the quantity (thats just a bonus). And how dull would life be with any two of the above?

Happy Birthday to you sir. It is both amazing and intimidating to realize that you have lived in three diffent centuries.
 
#18
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more,
you'll be a man, my son !


Happy birthday and God Bless you.
 
#20
skintboymike said:
PsyWar.Org said:
Beeb said:
Britain's oldest man, thought to be one of three surviving UK World War I veterans, is celebrating reaching his 112th birthday.

Henry Allingham, who was born in London on 6 June 1896, is also the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force - formed 90 years ago.
Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7439117.stm

He has joked that the secret to his longevity is "cigarettes, whisky and wild women". Good advice sir! :D
My bold. Do we as a country hold our veterans in such disregard that we're not sure how many there are?

Sorry to sour an otherwise very uplifting and inspiring thread. Many happy returns sir.
I think it's because some very old people have never spoke of their part in the Great War and occasionally they tell their tales at which point we become aware of them and they become a national treasure. That has happened in ths past. Though I'd be suspicious of anyone over 100 who is keeping very quiet!

This was covered well in the media. He's still as sharp as ever I notice, brilliant to see!

Happy birthday sir.
 

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