A sad day today as the last known combat veteran from World War 1, Claude Stanley Choules, passed away aged 110.
Choules, who lied about his age so that he could join the navy at 14 was born in England in March 1901 but later moved to Australia where he served with the Royal Australian Navy.
He spent his last years in Perth, Western Australia
Choules' death came not long after the only other remaining combat veteran, US serviceman Frank Buckles, who passed away aged 110 on February 27.
While this marks the end of a physical connection to the battlefields of World War 1, there is still one veteran, Florence Green, who lived through the war as an Officer’s mess steward for the Women’s Royal Air Force.
Green is also 110.
An interesting fact about Green is that her husband passed away in 1970 after 50 years of marriage, which puts her longevity into amazing perspective.
While all of the WW1 combatants may now be physically gone, their memories will continue to live on through the hard work of people, like the many users of MyHeritage, who continue to document their stories.
We, at MyHeritage, are eternally grateful that we can be a part of that process.