"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Who Is Claude Choules?


Claude Choules is the last surviving British soldier to have served in the First World War. He's 108 yrs-old and lives in a nursing home in Perth, Australia.

When told that he'd become the only British survivor of the War he said: "Everything comes to those who wait and wait."

Claude was born in Pershore - on the banks of the River Avon - in 1901. He served on HMS Impregnable & HMS Revenge and saw the scuttling of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow. He was seconded to the Australian Navy in 1926 and served for another thirty years.

Today, as we remember with pride and gratitude the life of Henry Allingham and await the Service for Harry Patch, we shouldn't forget Claude Choules. He really is 'the last of the few'.

UPDATE: Claude Choules, RIP. (1901 - 2011)

4 comments:

  1. "Everything comes to those who wait and wait." Dry humour, something else that is disappearing into the mists of not-so-distant history. God bless him, and all those who went before.

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  2. Well said. I agree entirely: 'God bless him, and all those who went before'. Thanks Edgar.

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  3. Oops, that means my post on Allingham was somewhat incorrect. Next time I'll defintely be right!

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  4. Hi Ed - I heard about this old chap on the radio - I think he's overlooked because he lives in Australia. Look at the wording Brown used when he jumped up to talk about the memorial service for Henry Allingham - Brown obviously didn't know about old Claude.

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