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July 19, 2009


World's oldest man, World War I veteran

Henry Allingham, a World War I veteran who was the world's oldest man, died Saturday. He attributed his remarkable longevity to "cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women."

He was the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force, which was formed in 1918. He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation.

Only a handful of World War I veterans remain of the estimated 68 million mobilized. There are no French veterans left alive; just one left now in Britain; and the last living American-born veteran is Frank Woodruff Buckles of Charles Town, W. Va. Mr. Allingham fought in the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of World War I.

Goodwin said Allingham's funeral will take place in Brighton. He is survived by five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

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