Tue Feb 7, 2012, 01:51 PM
liberal N proud (48,942 posts)
'Time of my life': Last known WWI veteran dies at 110
Born Florence Beatrice Patterson in London in 1901, she joined Women's Royal Air Force in September at age of 17
LONDON — Florence Green, the world's last known veteran of World War I, has died at the age of 110, the care home where she lived said Tuesday.
Briar House Care Home in King's Lynn, England, said Green died Saturday, two weeks before her 111th birthday.
Born Florence Beatrice Patterson in London on Feb. 19, 1901, she joined the Women's Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17.
She went to work as a waitress in the officers' mess at RAF Marham in eastern England, and was serving there when the war ended in November 1918.
Green remembered her wartime service with affection.
Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, has died. He was 110.
Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of World War I in Washington, D.C.
Buckles lied about his age to join the army at age 16. The Missouri native was among nearly 5 million Americans who served in World War I in 1917 and 1918.
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Tue Feb 7, 2012, 01:59 PM
denbot (4,513 posts)
1. R.I.P. Miss Patterson
My maternal great grandfather served in France in WWI. He was born in 1887 so he was about 20 when American entered the war. I wish I would have asked him about it while he was alive.