Last living WWI veteran given personalised gifts for 110th?
Claude Choules, the man believed to be the last living World War I (WWI) veteran, may have received personalised gifts today (March 3rd) to celebrate his 110th birthday.
The Perth-based military man was born in the UK and moved to Australia before the second world war.
According to the BBC, Mr Choules had wanted to be an army bugler and pretended he was older to be recruited. However, after failing to get in, his father managed to find him a place on a Royal Navy training ship when he was just 14.
The former seaman on HMS Revenge came to Australia on loan from the navy and was then taken on permanently by the Royal Australian Navy, in which he served during WWII.
Last month, Cuban state media reported that 126-year-old Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodriguez celebrated her birthday in Gramna, where she may have received personalised gifts.
Ms Bautista de la Candelaria is not the world's official oldest person, however, with that title belonging to 114-year-old American Besse Cooper.
Article published 3rd Mar 2011
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