5 May 2011

Last male WWI veteran dies at 110

9:38 pm on 5 May 2011

A man believed to have been the last living male veteran of World War I has died in Australia at the age of 110.

British-born Claude Choules served in the Royal Navy and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in Scotland, the ABC reports.

Born in 1901, Mr Choules signed up for the war when he was 14 years old.

After the war, he moved to Perth and joined the Australian Navy, working as a demolition officer at the Fremantle Harbour during World War II.

Mr Choules died in his sleep in a nursing home in Perth overnight on Wednesday.

In 2009, he published a book about his life, The Last of the Last, in which he credited his longevity to keeping his family close.

Adrian Choules said his father hated war and rarely mentioned his experiences in battle. He said the only military marches he participated in were when he was a serviceman.

The only other surviving World War I veteran is believed to be Florence Green, of Britain, who served with the Royal Air Force in a non-combat role and is now 110 years old.