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Claude Stanley Choules
(1901 - 2011)

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Name: Mr Claude Stanley Choules
Gender: Male
Age: 110 years old
Lived: Sunday, 3 March 1901 - Thursday, 5 May 2011

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Claude Stanley Choules (3 March 1901 – 5 May 2011) was the last First World War combat veteran in the world, and was the last military witness to the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow.

He was also the last veteran to have served in both world wars, and the last seaman from the First World War. At the time of his death, he was also the third oldest verified military veteran in the world and the oldest known living man in Australia. He was the seventh-oldest living man in the world. Choules became the oldest man born in the United Kingdom following the death of Stanley Lucas on 21 June 2010.

Choules died in Perth, Western Australia, at the age of 110.Choules and his wife Ethel were married for 80 years, until her death at age 98. Choules shunned celebrations of the Armistice, because he was against the glorification of war. His autobiography The Last of the Last was published in 2009. In late April 2010, Choules' daughter Daphne Choules-Edinger reported that his health was declining and he could no longer give interviews. He was almost totally blind and deaf. He celebrated his 110th birthday in March 2011.

Choules died on 5 May 2011. He last resided at Gracewood Hostel in Salter Point, a suburb of Perth. He was survived by 3 children, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He appeared in the BBC documentaries The Last Tommy (2005) and Harry Patch – The Last Tommy (2009). After his death, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated "Mr Choules and his generation made a sacrifice for our freedom and liberty we will never forget".

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Biography

Fathers Name: Harry Choules
Mothers Name: Madeline
Spouse's Name: Ethel
Country of Birth: United Kingdom
Country of Residence: Australia
City of Residence: Perth
Occupation: Military

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Place of Passing: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Date of Passing: 5 May 2011
Cause of Passing: Old age
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