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'Last' war service member dies

The world's last surviving First World War service member has died aged 110.

Florence Green died in her sleep at Briar House care home in King's Lynn on Saturday. She would have celebrated her 111th birthday on February 19. She was believed to be the last person alive who served in the war.

The world's last known combat veteran of the First World War, Claude Choules, died in Australia aged 110 in May 2011.

Florence Green, a great-grandmother, joined the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) as a 17-year-old in the late summer of 1918.

Her youngest daughter June Evetts, 76, who lives in Oundle, near Peterborough, told the Eastern Daily Press: "She led an amazing and extraordinary life. She must have seen a lot of changes in her time.

"I never heard anyone say a bad word about her. She would never blow her own trumpet and certainly wouldn't shout about the fact she was the last veteran.

"She was, however, very proud of what she did and we are all very proud of her. Her death does close the book on the First World War as there are no veterans left now."

Mrs Green had been at the home since the end of November. She had lived with her daughter May, 90, in King's Lynn, until then.

Mrs Green served as a mess steward at RAF bases in Marham and Narborough in Norfolk. She married her husband Walter - a porter at King's Lynn station - two years after the war. Mr Green died in 1970.

As well as June and May, they had a son, Bob, 86, who is thought to live in Edinburgh. She is also survived by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


From Belfast Telegraph