Florence Green

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Florence Green
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Florence Beatrice Green
Birth name Florence Beatrice Patterson
Born (1901-02-19)19 February 1901
Edmonton, London, UK
Died 4 February 2012(2012-02-04)
(aged 110 years and 350 days)
North Lynn, West Norfolk, UK
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Women's Royal Air Force
Years of service 1918–1919
Battles/wars World War I

Florence Beatrice Green (née Patterson; 19 February 1901 – 4 February 2012)[1] was an English woman who was the last surviving veteran of the First World War from any country. She was a member of the Women's Royal Air Force.

Biography[edit]

Florence Green was born at Edmonton, London to Frederick and Sarah (nėe Neal) Patterson. She joined the Women's Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17,[2][3] where she served as an officers' mess steward.[4] She worked in the officers' mess at RAF Marham and was also based at Narborough airfield.[4][5]

She moved to King's Lynn in 1920, after her marriage to Walter Green. Her husband, a railway worker, died in 1975, aged 82, after 55 years of marriage.[6] She lived in King's Lynn with her 90-year-old daughter, May (born 1921), until November 2011 when she moved into a care home. In January 2010, she was publicly identified as, at that time, the oldest living female veteran of the First World War.[4]

On 19 February 2011 she celebrated her 110th birthday, becoming a supercentenarian—one of just 10 living in the United Kingdom, all women. With the death of Claude Choules on 5 May 2011, Green became the last known living veteran of the First World War.[7] On 20 July 2011, the Gerontology Research Group verified her age, and listed her as an official supercentenarian.[8]

It was reported that when asked what it felt like being 110, she replied, "Not much different to being 109". In 2011, an image of Florence Beatrice Green became part of a subject for the "WWI Centenary Mural" created by Christian Cardell Corbet and Benjamin Trickett Mercer.[citation needed] At the time of her death, Green had a son and two daughters, as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.[5][9] Before her death on 4 February 2012, aged 110 years and 350 days, she was West Norfolk's oldest resident, the second-oldest person in Norfolk, and the sixth-oldest in the United Kingdom.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norfolk first world war veteran dies aged 110". Eastern Daily Press. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Florence Green celebrates 109". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Service Record: Patterson, Florence Beatrice". Kew, UK: The National Archives. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Beal, Claire (15 January 2010). "At 108, Florence is Britain's oldest war vet". Lynn News. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Britten, Nick (16 January 2010). "108-year-old woman emerges as Britain's oldest first World War veteran". The Daily Telegraph (London, UK: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Florence Green BBC profile
  7. ^ "Last WWI combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110". BBC News. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Tom Peck and Rob Hastings (20 February 2011). "Florence, the last Great War veteran in Britain, turns 110". The Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Brain, Louise (20 February 2009). "108 - and she's still as sharp as a needle!". Lynn News. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 

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