America’s last WWI veteran dies aged 110

| 28/02/2011

(BBC): America’s last surviving veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles, has died aged 110. Buckles, who joined the US army in 1917, at the age of 16, lying about his age to get enlisted, died of natural causes at his home near Charles Town, West Virginia, on Sunday. He was one of more than 4.7m Americans who signed up to fight in the Great War between 1917-18. He served in England and France, as a driver and a warehouse clerk. Buckles was turned down by the marines and the navy for being too young to serve, but managed to convince an army recruiter he was 21. He sailed to Britain in December 1917 on board the ship which five years earlier had picked up survivors of the Titanic.

"During my stay in England, I drove a motorcycle sidecar, then Ford ambulances and cars. Perseverance paid off and I got assigned to follow an officer who had been left behind from his unit and I got to France," he said.

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