The world’s oldest man and one of the last surviving veterans of the First World War, Henry Allingham, has died. He was 113.
Seen last November, taking part in ceremonies to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War, he was bestowed with numerous accolades, including France’s Legion d’Honneur. Regularly courted by the great and the good, for decades he chose to avoid discussing his war past. However, during the last years of his life, he spent his time reminding others of the human sacrifice of conflict, co-writing his autobiography. Born in 1896, Allingham joined the Royal Navy Air Service in 1915 – a precursor to the Royal Air Force – and took part in the Battle of Jutland, which was the First World War’s biggest naval battle. Leaving behind a large extended family, he reportedly credited cigarettes, whisky, and wild, wild women as well as a good sense of humour for his longevity.