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Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby 34053 » Thu May 05, 2011 11:35 am

British born Claude Stanley Choules, has died in Australia at the age of 110. He was the last known surviving combatant of World War One:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/last-first-wor ... 55423.html

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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Nickolas » Thu May 05, 2011 12:42 pm

God bless you sir and thank you!
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Mayfly » Thu May 05, 2011 12:50 pm

^^^^^ Ditto^^^^^^^

The world would be a very different place with out your kind - RIP.
In memory of a very dear friend - Mike Pearson

Very fond memories of Robbie Gilvary - DTs 1st Vulcan Captain who taught DT all he knew.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu May 05, 2011 2:01 pm

RIP!
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TSR-2 simply got the first 3 right. ”
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Jigsaw » Thu May 05, 2011 6:14 pm

RIP and in full agreement with MF.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Sooty655 » Thu May 05, 2011 6:57 pm

RIP Mr Choules.

We can never truly know how much we owe to your generation.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Dan4th » Thu May 05, 2011 7:45 pm

I'll keep it brief because otherwise I'll just
go on and on and on.......

My Grandfather West (born 1895) was of that
generation, but they wouldn't take him for the
service because he was TOO SHORT (5' 5").

He had lots of friends, though, who did serve,
and I met a lot of them. Get them started and
the stories just began to flow.

One of them was Caldwell "Collie" Sweet who was
a flier, shot down twice but got back to base both
times. Now HE was something else! Pharmacist
during the week and crazed bush pilot with a
floatplane on the weekends.....

Now, Collie told me some stories about going on
leave in Paris which I can't repeat here, but I have
to say we sometimes forget that lunacy was NOT
invented in the 1960s!

Let's all raise a glass to those that went before, shall we?

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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby RLN » Thu May 05, 2011 8:04 pm

Agreed. My Grandad was in the artillery at the Somme, Ypres and Paschendale. He was quiet about the War, but the thing I remember most is when he was at his tent with his best mate in their tent. A German shell exploded nearby, and the tent pole had run his mate through.

RIP all the heroes of WW1.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Sooty655 » Thu May 05, 2011 8:13 pm

My maternal grandfather died of wounds in Flanders on 16 February 1916. He is buried at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery south east of Calais.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby RLN » Thu May 05, 2011 8:17 pm

WW1 is so sad and pointless - I find it so frustrating. Oop North, whole villages were wiped out because they all joined up and served together...................................heartbreaking.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Dan4th » Thu May 05, 2011 8:18 pm

Sorry if I came across as insensitive to
all the carnage that took place.....

SOME of the stories I heard were not
unlike yours.

I think that those I spoke with wanted
to concentrate on the happy memories
and not the sad ones.

They did tell the awful ones, but I don't
want to get into those.......

It was not a "Great" war, and RIP to all
who served.

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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Sooty655 » Thu May 05, 2011 8:21 pm

Dan4th wrote:Sorry if I came across as insensitive to
all the carnage that took place.....

Danf.

You didn't, at least not to me. No apology required.

Can't help thinking that the "wild" times in Paris were just a way of trying to stay sane amidst all the insanity.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby RLN » Thu May 05, 2011 8:21 pm

No Dan---you didn't. I was just expressing the anger and sadness that I feel about that war.
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu May 05, 2011 8:25 pm

It's good that we remember the sacrifice made by our forebears, long may it continue! :ymapplause:
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TSR-2 simply got the first 3 right. ”
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Thu May 05, 2011 10:55 pm

Bless him :(
And all the others too!!
The end of an era!!

I don't know a great deal about my family (on either side) other than my grandmas father was gassed, but survived (all be it for only a couple of years after the war, all though I don't know any details). He was a yellowbelly I believe, and quite high up, captain or something, although I don't really know anything about army ranks, there used to be a lovely black and white photo portrait of him in full uniform on the wall in her hallway (up until she moved).

And my mum's mum's dad worked at Clayton & Shuttleworth, so we like to pretend he built the odd Sopwith Camel :))
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Re: Last WW1 Veteran dies.

Postby Nickolas » Fri May 06, 2011 8:56 am

I had a great uncle who was in Greece during the 1st WW and he survived all the fighting only to be shot on Armistice Night while in his tent during the celebrations...........

Some one in the area discharged a weapon and Great uncle Albert happened to be in the way........
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