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Last Known World War I Veteran Dies

February 08, 2012

The last known surviving veteran of World War I has died at the age of 110.

Florence Green did not serve on the front lines. She served as a waitress at a British air base.

She once praised the officers she had served during the war as perfect gentlemen.

It was not until 2010 that she was officially recognized as a veteran after a researcher found her service record in Britain's National Archives.

Green died at a retirement community in eastern England on February 4, just two weeks before her 111th birthday.

The war's last known combatant, Royal Navy veteran Claude Choules, died in Australia last May.

Compiled from agency reports


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