Last WWI combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110

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The world’s last known World War I combat veteran, Claude Choules, has died aged 110 in Australia.

British born Choules nicknamed “Chuckles” joined the Royal Navy at 15 and served on HMS Revenge.

 

Mr Choules served in the military for 41 years and published an autobiography called ‘The last of the last’ at the age of 108.

In 1926, he was dispatched to Australia as an acting torpedo officer and it was on the ship that he met his wife, Ethel Wildgoose.

Mr Choules had been married to his wife for 76 years and was survived by his three children and 11 grandchildren. His wife died in 2003.

It was reported that he died in his sleep at a nursing home in Perth, Western Australia.

Daphne Edinger, Mr Choules’ 84-year-old daughter, told the Associated Press news agency: “We all loved him. It’s going to be sad to think of him not being here any longer, but that’s the way things go.”