List of last survivors of historical events

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The following is a list of persons who were the last survivor of a notable historical event.

      Deceased       Living

Pre 1700[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
Aristodemus of Sparta c. 479 BC (c. 49) Last Spartan of the Battle of Thermopylae August or September 480 BC
John the Apostle c. 100 AD (c. 94) Last Disciple and witness to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ c. 33 AD
Don Mancio Sierra de Leguízamo[1][2] September 18, 1589(1589-09-18) (aged 77) Last original conquistador who participated in the Spanish conquest of Peru 1528 to 1532
Maria Do Carmo Geronimo June 15, 2000 (aged 129?) Last surviving Brazilian slave 1532 to 1888
Mary Allerton November 28, 1699 (aged 83) Last passenger of the Mayflower September 6 to November 11, 1620
John Alden September 12, 1687 (aged 88) Last living signer of the Mayflower Compact November 11, 1620
Frederick Fraske June 18, 1973(1973-06-18) (aged 101) Last veteran of the American Indian Wars 1622 to 1923
Richard Bellingham December 7, 1672 (aged 80) Last signer of the Massachusetts Colonial Charter 1629

1700–1800[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
George Gregory[3] February 13, 1804(1804-02-13) (aged 109) Last sailor who took part in George Anson's voyage around the world 1740 to 1744
Isaac Smith July 2, 1831(1831-07-02) (aged 79) Last survivor of James Cook's first voyage 1768 to 1771
George Robert Twelves Hewes November 5, 1840(1840-11-05) (aged 98) Last survivor of the Boston Tea party and Boston Massacre March 5, 1770 and December 16, 1773
John Hatley December 12, 1832(1832-12-12) (aged 70) Last survivor of James Cook's second voyage 1772 to 1775
Ephraim Bowen[4] September 2, 1841(1841-09-02) (aged 88) Last individual involved in the Gaspée Affair June 9 to 10, 1772
Paine Wingate March 7, 1838(1838-03-07) (aged 98) Last delegate of the Continental Congress and last member of the First U.S Senate 1774 to 1789
Levi Preston[5][6] January 5, 1850(1850-01-05) (aged 93) Last Concord veteran of the Battle of Lexington and Concord April 19, 1775
Jonathan Harrington[7] March 26, 1854(1854-03-26) (aged 95) Last Lexington veteran of the Battle of Lexington and Concord April 19, 1775
Daniel F. Bakeman April 5, 1869(1869-04-05) (aged 109) Last veteran of the American Revolutionary War April 19, 1775, to September 3, 1783
Ralph Farnham[8] December 26, 1860(1860-12-26) (aged 104) Last known survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill June 17, 1775
Charles Carroll November 14, 1832(1832-11-14) (aged 95) Last signer of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
Alexander Milliner[9] March 15, 1865(1865-03-15) (aged 95) Last veteran of the Battle of Brandywine and Battles of Saratoga September 11, September 19 and October 7, 1777
John Gray March 29, 1868(1868-03-29) (aged 104) Last veteran of the Battle of Yorktown (1781) September 28 to October 19, 1781
Zalmuna Chapin[10] May 20, 1854(1854-05-20) (aged 90) Last veteran of Shays' Rebellion August 1786 to June 1787
John McCarthy July 24, 1846(1846-07-24) (aged 100) Last survivor of First Fleet (A Marine) January 18th to 26th 1788
Nicolas Savin[11] November 29, 1894(1894-11-29) (aged 126) Last veteran of the French Revolution and the French Revolutionary Wars 1789 to 1799, 1792 to 1802
John Adams March 5, 1829(1829-03-05) (aged 61) Last mutineer of the HMS Bounty April 28, 1789
Arthur Dardenne[12] September 8, 1872(1872-09-08) (aged 96) Last surviving person to have taken part in the Storming of the Bastille July 14, 1789

1800–1850[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
Vincent Markiewicz[13][14] 1903 Last veteran of the Napoleonic Wars 1803 to 1815
Patrick Gass April 2, 1870(1870-04-02) (aged 98) Last member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition May 14, 1804, to March 23, 1806
Pedro Antonio Martinez Zia[15] February 1, 1898(1898-02-01) (aged 109) Last veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar October 21, 1805
Carl Gustav Polviander[16] September 28, 1876(1876-09-28) (aged 88) Last veteran of the Finnish War February 21, 1808, to September 17, 1809
Hiram Cronk May 13, 1905(1905-05-13) (aged 105) Last veteran of the War of 1812 June 18, 1812, to February 18, 1815
Emmanuel Gaminara[17] December 21, 1892(1892-12-21) (aged 98) Last veteran of the French invasion and retreat from Russia June 24 to December 14, 1812
John Rice[18][19] February 10, 1880(1880-02-10) (aged 91) Last veteran of the Battle of Lake Erie September 10, 1813
Elizabeth Watkins[20] May 10, 1904(1904-05-10) (aged 94) Last surviving witness of the Battle of Waterloo June 18, 1815
George Weightman[21] May 12, 1865(1865-05-12) (aged 74) Last living rebel of the Pentrich rising June 9 to 10, 1817
Jacob C. Marsh[22] February 11, 1917(1917-02-11) (aged 99) Last veteran of the Seminole Wars 1818 to 1858
Erasmus Ommanney December 21, 1904(1904-12-21) (aged 90) Last veteran of the Battle of Navarino October 20, 1827
Rebecca Tickaneesky Neugin[23] July 15, 1932(1932-07-15) (aged 98) Last survivor of the Trail of Tears 1830 to 1837
Philippe Demoulin[24] February 14, 1912(1912-02-14) (aged 102) Last veteran of the Belgian Revolution August 25, 1830 to July 14, 1831
Thomas Patrickson[25][26] October 15, 1914(1914-10-15) (aged 86) Last participant of the Second voyage of HMS Beagle December 27, 1831 to October 2, 1836
Henry L. Riggs[27] March 11, 1911(1911-03-11) (aged 99) Last veteran of the Black Hawk War May to August, 1832
William Physick Zuber[28][29] September 22, 1913(1913-09-22) (aged 93) Last veteran of the Texas Revolution October 2, 1835, to April 25, 1836
Alijo Perez Jr[30] October 21, 1918(1918-10-21) (aged 83) Last witness at the Battle of the Alamo February 23 to March 6, 1836
William Carroll Crawford[31] September 3, 1895(1895-09-03) (aged 90) Last signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence March 2, 1836
Alfonso Steele[32] July 8, 1911(1911-07-08) (aged 94) Last survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836
Nelson Traux[33] January 25, 1915(1915-01-25) (aged 96) Last survivor of the Battle of the Windmill November 12 to 16, 1838
François X. Matthieu February 4, 1914(1914-02-04) (aged 95) Last participant at the Champoeg Meetings 1841 to 1843
William Brydon March 20, 1873(1873-03-20) (aged 61) Last survivor of the long retreat from Kabul to Jalalabad January 6 to 13, 1842
Milvern Harrell[34] August 10, 1910(1910-08-10) (aged 86) Last survivor of the Dawson Massacre September 17, 1842
Eliza Moore January 21, 1948(1948-01-21) (aged 105) Last proven American to be born into slavery in the United States 1843
John Tyler, Jr. January 26, 1896(1896-01-26) (aged 76) Last survivor of the USS Princeton Disaster of 1844 February 22, 1844
Isabella Breen McMahon[35] March 25, 1935(1935-03-25) (aged 89) Last survivor of the Donner Party April 1846 to June 1847
Owen Thomas Edgar September 3, 1929(1929-09-03) (aged 98) Last American veteran of the Mexican-American War April 25, 1846, to February 2, 1848
Walter T. Avery[36] June 10, 1904(1904-06-10) (aged 90) Last participant in the first official Baseball game June 19, 1846
József Fischl[37] March 1929 (aged 102) Last Honvéd veteran of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 15 March 1848 to 4 October 1849
Charlotte Woodward Pierce[38] 1921 Last surviving participant in the Seneca Falls Convention and last signer of the Declaration of Sentiments July 19 to 20, 1848

1850–1900[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
Thomas Kelly[39] April 14, 1932(1932-04-14) (aged 83) Last survivor of the Birkenhead disaster February 26, 1852
Arthur Sinclair[40] November 17, 1925(1925-11-17) (aged 88) Last member of the Perry Expedition 1853–1854
Yves Prigent[41] 1938 Last veteran of the Crimean War October 1853 to February 1856
Edwin Hughes April 18, 1927(1927-04-18) (aged 96) Last participant in the Charge of the Light Brigade October 25, 1854
John Lishman Potter[42][43] October 24, 1931(1931-10-24) (aged 97) Last veteran of the Eureka Rebellion December 3, 1854
William Morfitt[44] July 18, 1923(1923-07-18) (aged 85) Last veteran of the Yakima War 1855 to 1858
Ernest Smith August 3, 2005(2005-08-03) (aged 91) Last Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross 1856 to 1993
Robert Collinson d'Esterre Spottiswoode[45][46] March 21, 1936(1936-03-21) (aged 94) Last veteran of the Indian Mutiny May 10, 1857, to 1859
Teodolfo Mertel July 11, 1899(1899-07-11) (aged 93) Last non-priest cardinal March 15, 1858
Charles McKay[47] December 1, 1918(1918-12-01) (aged 90) Last veteran of the Pig War June 15 to October 1859
Cudjoe Lewis July 26, 1935(1935-07-26) (aged 95) Last passenger of the Clotilde 1859
Owen Brown[48] January 8, 1889(1889-01-08) (aged 64) Last abolitionist present at John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry October 16 to 18, 1859
George Pilson[49] April 22, 1916(1916-04-22) (aged 74) Last witness at Harpers Ferry October 16 to 18, 1859
L.G Simmons[50] March 4, 1910(1910-03-04) (aged 77) Last witness to the Broderick-Terry duel September 13, 1859
Giovanni Battista Egisto Sivelli November 1, 1934(1934-11-01) (aged 90) Last member of the Expedition of the Thousand 1860 to 1861
William Campbell[51] June 10, 1934(1934-06-10) (aged 93) Last rider of The Pony Express April 3, 1860, to October 1861
Hugo Josef Schiff[52] September 8, 1915(1915-09-08) (aged 81) Last attendee of the Karlsruhe Congress September 3 to 5, 1860
Roger Atkinson Pryor March 14, 1919(1919-03-14) (aged 90) Last veteran of the Battle of Fort Sumter April 12 to 13, 1861
James Hard March 12, 1953(1953-03-12) (aged 109) Last veteran of the First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Antietam and Battle of Chancellorsville July 21, 1861, September 17, 1862 and April 30 to May 6, 1863
John Ambrose Driscoll[53][54] June 13, 1921(1921-06-13) (aged 82) Last crew member of the USS Monitor during its engagement with the CSS Virginia (aka USS Merrimack) March 9, 1862
James Marion Lurvey[55] April 7, 1950(1950-04-07) (aged 102) Last verified veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg July 1 to 3, 1863
Frank W. Nelson[56] November 9, 1936(1936-11-09) (aged 92) Last soldier to participate in Pickett's Charge July 3, 1863
Eli G. Biddle[57] April 8, 1940(1940-04-08) (aged 94) Last member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry that assaulted Fort Wagner July 18, 1863
Thomas Stewart Armistead[58] November 16, 1922(1922-11-16) (aged 80) Last soldier of the Immortal 600 1864
George Wilsman[59] August 16, 1940(1940-08-16) (aged 97) Last prisoner of the Andersonville Prison Camp 1864
Ruth Dyk[60] November 18, 2000(2000-11-18) (aged 99) Last Suffragette 1865 to 1920
Pleasant Crump December 31, 1951(1951-12-31) (aged 104) Last Confederate veteran of the Civil War and last witness of General Lee's surrender April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865
Albert Woolson August 2, 1956(1956-08-02) (aged 109) Last Union Army veteran of the American Civil War April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865
Maudie Hopkins July 17, 2008(2008-07-17) (aged 93) Last certified widow of an American Civil War veteran April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865
Samuel J. Seymour[61] April 12, 1956(1956-04-12) (aged 96) Last witness present at Ford's Theater during the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln April 14, 1865
John Henry Coghill[62] Unknown Last surviving witness to the capture and death of John Wilkes Booth April 26, 1865
Pleasant M. Keeble[63] March 4, 1931(1931-03-04) (aged 93) Last survivor of the SS Sultana disaster April 27, 1865
James Robert Cummins July 9, 1929(1929-07-09) (aged 82) Last member of the infamous James-Younger Gang 1866 to 1876
Pedro Angleró[64] October 16, 1931(1931-10-16) (aged 110) Last participant of El Grito de Lares September 23, 1868
George H. Large August 15, 1939(1939-08-15) (aged 88) Last participant of the first American football game November 6, 1869
Jennie Lawver Clinton[65] September 6, 1950(1950-09-06) (aged 109) Last survivor of the Modoc War November 29, 1872, to June 1, 1873
Oku Yasukata July 19, 1930(1930-07-19) (aged 83) Last veteran of the Taiwan Expedition of 1874 May 1874
Phillip Fred Sullivan[66] October 2, 1941(1941-10-02) (aged 85) Last driver of the Cheyenne-Deadwood stagecoach lines 1876 to 1887
Charles Windolph March 11, 1950(1950-03-11) (aged 97) Last U.S soldier from the Battle of the Little Bighorn June 25 to 26, 1876
Dewey Beard November 2, 1955(1955-11-02) (aged 97) Last Indian veteran of the Battle of the Little Bighorn June 25 to 26, 1876
Nene Hatun May 22, 1955(1955-05-22) (aged 98) Last veteran of the 1877 Russo-Turkish War April 24, 1877, to March 3, 1878
Josiah Redwolf[67] March 23, 1971(1971-03-23) (aged 98) Last survivor of the Nez Perce War June to October, 1877
Hugh Theodore Pinhey[68] February 6, 1953(1953-02-06) (aged 96) Last veteran of the Second Anglo-Afghan War September 1878 to 1880
Charles Wallace Warden[69] March 8, 1953(1953-03-08) (aged 97) Last veteran of the Anglo-Zulu War January 11 to July 4, 1879
Dougald McPhail May 4, 1941(1941-05-04) (aged 101) Last survivor of the battle of Battle of Isandhlwana January 22, 1879
Frank Bourne May 8, 1945(1945-05-08) (aged 91) Last survivor of the defense of Rorke's Drift during the Anglo-Zulu War January 22 to 23, 1879
George Frederick Ives April 12, 1993(1993-04-12) (aged 111) Last veteran of the Boer Wars 1880 to 1902
Wyatt Earp January 13, 1929(1929-01-13) (aged 80) Last gunslinger to take part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral October 26, 1881
Dudley de Chair[70] August 17, 1958(1958-08-17) (aged 93) Last veteran of the Anglo-Egyptian War 1882
John Blevins[71] May 23, 1929(1929-05-23) (aged 61) Last veteran of the Pleasant Valley War 1882 to 1892
Frank Shomo[72] March 20, 1997(1997-03-20) (aged 108) Last survivor of the Johnstown Flood May 31, 1889
Hugh McGinnis[73] March 22, 1965(1965-03-22) (aged 94) Last U.S veteran and survivor of the Wounded Knee Massacre December 29, 1890
Raymond Pimlott Kaighn[74] August 16, 1962(1962-08-16) (aged 92) Last living participant of the first basketball game ever played. December 21, 1891
Michael Shonsey[75] August 5, 1954(1954-08-05) (aged 89) Last veteran of the Johnson County War 1892
Nawi[76] November, 1979 (aged 100+) Last of the Dahomey Amazons and last veteran of the Second Franco-Dahomean War July 4, 1892 to January 15, 1894.
Arthur Sherman Phillips[77][78] March 18, 1941(1941-03-18) (aged 75) Last participant in Lizzie Borden's murder trial June 3 to 20, 1893
Dimitrios Loundras[79] February 15, 1970(1970-02-15) (aged 84) Last known living competitor at the 1896 Summer Olympics April 6 to 15, 1896
Jesse Langdon[80] June 29, 1975(1975-06-29) (aged 94) Last member of the Rough Riders 1898
Manu Ruma[81] December, 1961 (aged 87) Last veteran of the Dog Tax War 1898
John Henry Turpin[82] March 10, 1962(1962-03-10) (aged 85) Last survivor of the sinking of the USS Maine February 15, 1898
Jones Morgan August 29, 1993(1993-08-29) (aged 110) Last surviving veteran of the Spanish-American War April 25 to August 12, 1898
Aurelio Diaz Campillo[83] June 13, 1989(1989-06-13) (aged 110) Last Spanish veteran of the Spanish-American War April 25 to August 12, 1898
Ralph Waldo Taylor[84] May 15, 1987(1987-05-15) (aged 105) Last survivor of the Battle of San Juan Hill July 1, 1898
Nathan E. Cook[85] September 10, 1992(1992-09-10) (aged 106) Last veteran of the Philippine-American War and Boxer Rebellion June 2, 1899, to July 4, 1902, and October 1899 to September 7, 1901

1900–1915[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
Lucien Démanet March 16, 1979(1979-03-16) (aged 104) Last participant in the 1900 Summer Olympics May 14 to October 28, 1900
Maude Conic[86] November 14, 2004(2004-11-14) (aged 106) Last survivor of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 August 27 to September 12, 1900
Laura Bullion December 2, 1961(1961-12-02) (aged 85) Last member of the Wild Bunch gang 1901
Fleetwood Lindley[87] February 1, 1963(1963-02-01) (aged 76) Last person to view Abraham Lincoln's remains September 26, 1901
Michael Barne May 31, 1961(1961-05-31) (aged 83) Last survivor of the Discovery Expedition 1901 to 1904
Léon Compère-Léandre 1936 Last survivor on shore during the eruption of Mount Pelée May 8, 1902
Irénise Moulonguet May 28, 2013(2013-05-28) (aged 112) Last survivor of the eruption of Mount Pelée May 8, 1902
George D. Grundy, Jr. May 19, 1998(1998-05-19) (aged 99) Last member of the Early Birds of Aviation 1903 to December 17, 1916
Roscinda Nolasquez[88] February 4, 1987(1987-02-04) (aged 94) Last speaker of Cupeño and last survivor of the removal of the Cupeño to Pala, California, the last of the Federal Indian Removals. May 13, 1903
Gladys Ennis[89] March 20, 1993(1993-03-20) (aged 92) Last survivor of the Frank Slide April 29, 1903
Jennings Dunlap[90] September 20, 1964(1964-09-20) (aged 85) Last survivor of the Wreck of the Old 97 September 23, 1903
Johnny Thomas Moore[91] February 25, 1952(1952-02-25) (aged 66) Last witness of the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk December 17, 1903
Mamoru Eto[92] February 16, 1992(1992-02-16) (aged 109) Last surviving veteran of the Russo-Japanese War February 8, 1904, to September 5, 1905
Alexander Bernard Heron[93] January 24, 2000(2000-01-24) (aged 105) Last worker involved in the construction of the Panama Canal May 4, 1904
Adella Wotherspoon January 26, 2004(2004-01-26) (aged 100) Last and youngest survivor of the General Slocum Disaster June 15, 1904
Ivan Beshoff[94] October 25, 1987(1987-10-25) (aged 105) Last sailor of the Potemkin Mutiny of 1905 June 23 to July 8, 1905
Burke Everett Bodwell[95] March 24, 1968(1968-03-24) (aged 86) Last survivor of the explosion of the USS Bennington July 21, 1905
Ruth Newman and Bill Del Monte Living (age 112[96] and 108[97]) Last known survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake April 18, 1906
Dorsie Williams Willis[98] August 24, 1975(1975-08-24) (aged 89) Last living soldier accused in the Brownsville Affair August 13, 1906
Philip Brocklehurst January 28, 1975(1975-01-28) (aged 87) Last member of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition 1907 to 1909
Brian Evans-Lombe[99] January 31, 1994(1994-01-31) (aged 100) Last surviving member of the Brownsea Island Scout camp, the founding event of the Scout movement August 1 to 8, 1907
Nathan Gery[100] July 5, 1987(1987-07-05) (aged 101) Last surviving sailor of the Great White Fleet December 16, 1907, to February 22, 1909
Yehudit Horowitz[101] October 20, 1992(1992-10-20) (aged 96) Last living member of the Hashomer April 1909
Teodore Garcia[102] April 24, 1999(1999-04-24) (aged 110) Last of the Federales to serve in the Mexican Revolution 1910 to 1914
Rose Freedman[103] February 15, 2001(2001-02-15) (aged 108) Last survivor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire March 25, 1911
Lily Strugnell October 25, 2013(2013-10-25) (aged 109) Last living person to have seen RMS Titanic April 10, 1912
Sid Daniels May 25, 1983(1983-05-25) (aged 89) Last surviving crew member of the RMS Titanic April 10 to 15, 1912
Millvina Dean May 31, 2009(2009-05-31) (aged 97) Last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic April 14, 1912
William Young July 24, 2007(2007-07-24) (aged 107) Last member of the Royal Flying Corps and last Scottish veteran of WWI May 13, 1912, to April 1, 1918, August 1, 1914 to November 11, 1918
Bhagat Singh Bilga[104] May 22, 2009(2009-05-22) (aged 102) Last member of the Ghadar Party 1913 to 1919
Jack Davis July 20, 2003(2003-07-20) (aged 108) Last member of Kitchener's Army 1914
Mary Benich-McCleary[105][106] June 28, 2007(2007-06-28) (aged 94) Last survivor of the Ludlow Massacre April 20, 1914
Grace Hanagan (Martyn)[107] May 15, 1995(1995-05-15) (aged 87) Last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland May 29, 1914
Vaso Čubrilović June 11, 1990(1990-06-11) (aged 93) Last participant involved in the conspiracy to murder Archduke Franz Ferdinand June 28, 1914
John Campbell Ross June 3, 2009(2009-06-03) (aged 110) Last Australian veteran of World War I July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918
Henry Botterell January 3, 2003(2003-01-03) (aged 106) Last pilot to participate in World War I July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918
John Babcock February 18, 2010(2010-02-18) (aged 109) Last veteran of the Canadian military to have served in World War I July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918
Frank Buckles February 27, 2011(2011-02-27) (aged 110) Last American veteran of World War I July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918
Mikhail Krichevsky December 26, 2008(2008-12-26) (aged 111) Last veteran to fight for the Russian Army during World War I July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918
David Ireland[108] June 28, 2001(2001-06-28) (aged 103) Last veteran to suffer from shell shock during WWI July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918
Pierre Picault November 20, 2008(2008-11-20) (aged 109) Last French veteran of WWI and last artilleryman of the war August 3, 1914, to November 11, 1918
Albert Edward Dye[109] September 7, 2004(2004-09-07) (aged 107) Last surviving veteran of the African theatre of World War I August 3, 1914, to November 14, 1918
Richard W. Richards May 8, 1985(1985-05-08) (aged 91) Last surviving member of the British Trans-Antarctic Expedition August 8, 1914, to May 29, 1917
Peter Casserly June 24, 2005(2005-06-24) (aged 107) Last member of the First Australian Imperial Force and veteran of the Battle of Amiens August 15, 1914, to September 1917 and August 8 to 11, 1918
Paul Kley[110] 1992 Last German veteran of the Siege of Tsingtao October 31 to November 7, 1914
Alfred Anderson November 21, 2005(2005-11-21) (aged 109) Last soldier who could remember the Christmas Truce of 1914 and last veteran of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and Battle of Loos December 24, 1914, March 10 to 13, 1915 and September 25 to October 14, 1915

1915–1930[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
René Riffaud[111] January 16, 2007(2007-01-16) (aged 108) Last soldier to be gassed during WWI 1915 to 1918
Alec Campbell[112] May 16, 2002(2002-05-16) (aged 103) Last veteran of the Gallipoli campaign April 25, 1915, to January 9, 1916
Audrey Lawson-Johnston January 11, 2011(2011-01-11) (aged 95) Last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania May 7, 1915
Erich Kästner January 1, 2008(2008-01-01) (aged 107) Last veteran who served under the German Empire in World War I May 23, 1915, to November 4, 1918
Emiliano Mercado del Toro January 24, 2007(2007-01-24) (aged 115) Last Puerto Rican veteran of WWI and oldest veteran of any conflict May 23, 1915, to November 4, 1918
Delfino Borroni October 26, 2008(2008-10-26) (aged 110) Last Italian veteran and of the Alpine Front and Battle of Caporetto in World War I May 23, 1915, to November 4, 1918, October 24 to November 1917
Joseph DiPofi[113] December 4, 2004(2004-12-04) (aged 106) Last veteran of the United States occupation of Haiti July 28, 1915 to August 1, 1934
Bertie Felstead July 22, 2001(2001-07-22) (aged 106) Last soldier present at the Christmas Truce December 24, 1915
René Marie-Martial Moreau[114] October 26, 2005(2005-10-26) (aged 108) Last veteran of The Battle of Verdun February 21 to December 18, 1916
Mark Matthews September 6, 2005(2005-09-06) (aged 111) Oldest and last surviving pre-WWII Buffalo Soldier and last veteran of the Pancho Villa Expedition March 14, 1916, to February 7, 1917, August 1918
Lilly Kempson[115] January 22, 1996(1996-01-22) (aged 99) Last participant in the Easter Rising April 24 to 30, 1916
Henry Allingham July 18, 2009(2009-07-18) (aged 113) Oldest member of any of the British Armed Forces, last member of the RNAS, last founding member of the Royal Air Force, and last veteran of Jutland May 31 to June 1, 1916
Marcel Caux August 22, 2004(2004-08-22) (aged 105) Last survivor of the Battle of Pozières July 23 to August 7, 1916
Albert Marshall May 16, 2005(2005-05-16) (aged 108) Last veteran of the The Battle of the Somme and Battle of Cambrai July 1 to November 18, 1916 and November 20 to December 8, 1917
George Perman[116] May 24, 2000(2000-05-24) (aged 99) Last survivor of the sinking of the HMHS Britannic November 21, 1916
Mae Keane[117] March 1, 2014(2014-03-01) (aged 107) Last Radium Girl 1917 to 1926
Yakup Satar April 2, 2008(2008-04-02) (aged 110) Last Turkish veteran of WWI February 23, 1917
Charles Reaper[118] March 5, 2003(2003-03-05) (aged 103) Last veteran of the Battle of Vimy Ridge April 9 to 12, 1917
Arthur Barraclough[119] August 30, 2004(2004-08-30) (aged 106) Last veteran of the Battle of Arras April 9 to May 16, 1917
Louis de Cazenave[120] January 20, 2008(2008-01-20) (aged 110) Last veteran of the Battle of Chemin des Dames April 16 to May 9 and October 9, 1917
Lúcia Santos February 13, 2005(2005-02-13) (aged 97) Last of the three children who claimed to have spoken to Our Lady of Fátima. May 13 to October 13, 1917
Edward Smout June 22, 2004(2004-06-22) (aged 106) Last witness to the death of the Red Baron and veteran of the Battle of Messines June 7 to 14, 1917, and April 21, 1918
Albert Dacosta Riches[121] October 1, 2000(2000-10-01) (aged 102) Last member of the Royal Tank Regiment during WWI June 28, 1917, to November 11, 1918
Harry Patch July 25, 2009(2009-07-25) (aged 111) Last British Army veteran of WWI and last veteran of Passchendaele July to November 1917
Alois Vocásek[122] August 9, 2003(2003-08-09) (aged 107) Last Czechoslovakian veteran of WWI and of the Battle of Zborov July 1 to 2, 1917
Boris Gudz[123] December 27, 2006(2006-12-27) (aged 104) Last survivor of the October Revolution and of the Russian Civil War November 7 to 8, 1917, November 9, 1917, to June 1923
Antonio Todde January 3, 2002(2002-01-03) (aged 112) Last veteran of the Battle of Mount Grappa November 11 to December 23, 1917
Florence Green 5 February 2012(2012-02-05) (aged 110) Last participant of World War I and last member of the original WRAF 1918
Aarne Arvonen January 1, 2009(2009-01-01) (aged 111) Last surviving veteran of the Finnish Civil War (Red Guards) January 27 to May 15, 1918
Lauri Nurminen February 20, 2009(2009-02-20) (aged 102) Last surviving veteran of the Finnish Civil War (White Guards) January 27 to May 15, 1918
Albert Wagner January 20, 2007(2007-01-20) (aged 107) Last veteran of the Battle of Belleau Wood June 1 to 26, 1918
Domenico De Cristofaro[124] September 21, 2006(2006-09-21) (aged 106) Last veteran of the Battle of the Piave River June 15 to 23, 1918
Thomas A. Pope[125] June 14, 1989(1989-06-14) (aged 94) Last US Army WWI Medal of Honor winner July 4, 1918
Jean Grelaud February 25, 2007(2007-02-25) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Second Battle of the Marne July 15 to August 6, 1918
Warren Hileman[126] January 30, 2005(2005-01-30) (aged 103) Last member of the American Expeditionary Force Siberia November 1918 to April 1920
Francesco Domenico Chiarello June 27, 2008(2008-06-27) (aged 109) Last veteran of the Battle of Vittorio Veneto October 24 to November 3, 1918
Harold Gunnes[127] March 11, 2003(2003-03-11) (aged 104) Last member of the Polar Bear Expedition September 4, 1918, to July 1919
Antonio Pierro February 8, 2007(2007-02-08) (aged 110) Last veteran of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensive September 12 to 19, 1918
September 26 to November 11, 1918
Alexander Imich June 8, 2014(2014-06-08) (aged 111) Last veteran of the Polish-Ukrainian War 1 November 1918 to 17 July 1919
Swede Risberg October 13, 1975(1975-10-13) (aged 81) Last person involved in the Black Sox Scandal October 1919
Wilhelm Meisel June 3, 2009(2009-06-03) (aged 105) Last veteran of the Silesian Uprisings 1919 to 1921
Margalo Gillmore June 30, 1986(1986-06-30) (aged 89) Last living member of the Algonquin Round Table 1919 to 1929
Dan Keating October 2, 2007(2007-10-02) (aged 105) Last veteran of the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War January 21, 1919, to July 11, 1921 and June 28, 1922 to May 24, 1923
Józef Kowalski December 7, 2013(2013-12-07) (aged 113) Last veteran of the Polish-Soviet War February 1919 to March 1921
Shingara Singh[128] June 29, 2009(2009-06-29) (aged 113) Last witness of the Amritsar Massacre April 13, 1919
Veysel Turan March 25, 2007(2007-03-25) (aged 106) Last veteran of the Greco-Turkish War May 1919 to October 1922
Mustafa Şekip Birgöl November 11, 2008(2008-11-11) (aged 105) Last veteran of the Turkish War of Independence May 19, 1919, to October 11, 1922
Claude Choules May 5, 2011(2011-05-05) (aged 110) Last combatant of World War I and last witness to the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow June 21, 1919
Raul Fernandes[129][130] January 6, 1968(1968-01-06) (aged 90) Last surviving signer of the Treaty of Versailles June 28, 1919
Waldemar Levy Cardoso May 13, 2009(2009-05-13) (aged 108) Last veteran of the Tenente revolts 1922 and 1924 to 1927
Ertuğrul Osman September 23, 2009(2009-09-23) (aged 97) Last royal member of the Ottoman Empire 1922
Vasco Bruttomesso[131] January 2, 2009(2009-01-02) (aged 105) Last surviving veteran of the March on Rome October 22 to 29, 1922
John Lust[132] December 29, 2006(2006-12-29) (aged 94) Last "Sky Sailor" of the U.S Navy's Rigid Airship program 1923 to 1931
Robie Morton[133] June 21, 2010(2010-06-21) (aged 94) Last surviving witness of the Rosewood massacre January 1923
Gene Bruce[134] December 6, 2005(2005-12-06) (aged 98) Last surviving sailor of the Honda Point Disaster September 8, 1923
Emil Klein[135] February 22, 2010(2010-02-22) (aged 104) Last living member of Adolf Hitler's unsuccessful Beer Hall Putsch November 8 to 9, 1923
Edgar Nollner[136] January 15, 1999(1999-01-15) (aged 94) Last living musher of the 1925 serum run to Nome January 7 to February 1, 1925
Louis de Broglie March 19, 1987(1987-03-19) (aged 94) Last attendee of the Fifth Solvay Conference October 1927
Norman D. Vaughan November 29, 2005(2005-11-29) (aged 100) Last survivor of Richard Byrd's 1928 expedition to Antarctica 1928 to June 18, 1930
Albert H. Wolff[137] March 21, 1998(1998-03-21) (aged 95) Last member of the Untouchables 1929 to 1931
Alf Howard[138] July 4, 2010(2010-07-04) (aged 104) Last member of the BANZARE expedition to Antarctica 1929 to 1931

1930–1945[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
Deborah Mitford[139] Living (age 94) Last of the six Mitford sisters 1930s
Binod Bihari Chowdhury[140] April 10, 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 102) Last revolutionary of the Chittagong armoury raid April 18, 1930
Francisco Varallo[141] September 30, 2010(2010-09-30) (aged 100) Last surviving player from the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay July, 1930
James Cameron June 11, 2006(2006-06-11) (aged 92) Last individual to survive a lynching attempt August 7, 1930
Rachel Johnson[142] Living (age 91) Last St. Kildan August 29, 1930
Clarence Norris[143] January 27, 1989(1989-01-27) (aged 76) Last Scottsboro Boy March 25, 1931
Doris Eaton Travis May 11, 2010(2010-05-11) (aged 106) Last surviving member of the Ziegfeld Girls 1907-1931
Mary Starke Harper[144] July 27, 2006(2006-07-27) (aged 86) Last health care member associated with the Tuskegee Syphilis Study 1932 to 1972
Jennings Randolph May 8, 1998(1998-05-08) (aged 96) Last U.S. Congressman to serve during Franklin D. Roosevelt's first 100 days March 4, 1933
Josef Felder October 28, 2000(2000-10-28) (aged 100) Last individual to vote against the Nazi Enabling Act of 1933 March 23, 1933
Moody E. Erwin[145] October 20, 1989(1989-10-20) (aged 85) Last survivor of the USS Akron disaster April 3, 1933
Edd L. Miller[146] September 18, 2000(2000-09-18) (aged 87) Last witness to the shooting of Bonnie and Clyde May 23, 1934
Thomas J. Conner[147] April 14, 1997(1997-04-14) (aged 91) Last member of the FBI team that gunned down John Dillinger July 22, 1934
Jerry Edgerton September 14, 2013(2013-09-14) (aged 99) Last surviving crew member of the SS Morro Castle September 5 to 8, 1934
Marjorie Gianini April 24, 2011(2011-04-24) (aged 100) Last surviving passenger of the SS Morro Castle September 5 to 8, 1934
Antonio García Barón November 17, 2008(2008-11-17) (aged 87) Last veteran of the Durruti Column of the Spanish Civil War July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939
Bob Doyle January 22, 2009(2009-01-22) (aged 92) Last member of the Connolly Column and last Irish veteran of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939
Jules Paivio [148] September 4, 2013(2013-09-04) (aged 97) Last member of the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion and last Canadian veteran of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939
Adolphe Low [149] November 11, 2012(2012-11-11) (aged 97) Last German veteran of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939
Cornelius Whalen[150] September 14, 2003(2003-09-14) (aged 93) Last participant in the Jarrow March October 5 to 31, 1938
Lü Zhengcao October 13, 2009(2009-10-13) (aged 105) Last witness of the Xi'an Incident December 1936
Werner Franz[151] Living (age 92) Last crew member of the LZ 129 Hindenburg March, 1936, to May 6, 1937
Walter Walsh April 29, 2014(2014-04-29) (aged 106) Last member of the FBI teams that captured Arthur Barker and killed Al Brady October 12, 1937
Yang Genkui[152] Living (age 93) Last soldier of the 800 Heroes October 26 to November 1, 1937
Fon Huffman September 4, 2008(2008-09-04) (aged 95) Last survivor of the USS Panay incident December 12, 1937
Jerry Maren Living (age 94) Last surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz (1939 film) August 25, 1939
Ernest Millington May 9, 2009(2009-05-09) (aged 93) Last member of Parliament during WWII September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945
Chester Nez[153] June 4, 2014(2014-06-04) (aged 93) Last original Navajo Code Talker during WWII September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945
Charles Chibitty July 7, 2005(2005-07-07) (aged 83) Last World War II Comanche Code Talker September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945
Emilio Ochoa June 27, 2007(2007-06-27) (aged 99) Last signer of the Constitution of Cuba 1940
John Cruickshank Living (age 94) Last Victoria Cross for action in World War II 1940
Reinhard Hardegen Living (age 101) Last surviving World War II German U-Boat Captain 1940 to 1945
Jānis Pīnups[154] June 16, 2007(2007-06-16) (aged 82) Last known member of the Forest Brothers 1940 to 1941, 1944 to 1956
Rando Bertoia October 11, 2013(2013-10-11) (aged 93) Last survivor of the SS Arandora Star July 2, 1940
Eddie Joost[155] April 12, 2011(2011-04-12) (aged 94) Last member of the 1940 World Series winning team October 2 to 8, 1940
Donald "Nick" Clifford[156] Living (age 93) Last worker on the Construction of Mount Rushmore 1927-1941
Daniel Nevolt[157] Living Last veteran of the Battle of Kufra January 13 to March 1, 1941
Ted Briggs October 4, 2008(2008-10-04) (aged 85) Last survivor of the sinking of the HMS Hood May 24, 1941
John William Finn May 27, 2010(2010-05-27) (aged 100) Last Medal of Honor recipient from the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
Simon Srebnik[158] August 16, 2006(2006-08-16) (aged 76) Last living prisoner of the Chełmno extermination camp December 8, 1941, to March 1943, June 1944 to January 18, 1945
Ed Walker October 28, 2011(2011-10-28) (aged 94) Last member of Castner's Cutthroats 1942 to 1945
Gerard Zinser[159] August 21, 2001(2001-08-21) (aged 83) Last surviving member of JFK's PT-109 crew 1942 to August 2, 1943
Gerhard Klopfer January 29, 1987(1987-01-29) (aged 81) Last individual to attend the Wannsee Conference January 20, 1942
David Stoliar May 1, 2014(2014-05-01) (aged 91) Last survivor of the Struma disaster February 24, 1942
Rudolf Reder 1968 Last survivor of the Bełżec extermination camp March 17, 1942, to June 1943
Bill Bower January 10, 2011(2011-01-10) (aged 93) Last pilot of the Doolittle Raid in World War II April 18, 1942
Miep Gies January 11, 2010(2010-01-11) (aged 100) Last member of the "Secret Annex" that hid Anne Frank during WWII July 6, 1942, to August 4, 1944
Rudolf Brazda August 3, 2011(2011-08-03) (aged 98) Last concentration camp survivor deported by Nazi Germany on charges of homosexuality August 8, 1942
Orrel Cecil[160] November 4, 2010(2010-11-04) (aged 90) Last survivor of the sinking of the USS Juneau November 13, 1942
Bill Sparks December 1, 2002(2002-12-01) (aged 80) Last member of the Cockleshell Heroes December 7 to 12, 1942
Hans Münch[161] 2001 Last Auschwitz SS physician 1943 to 1945
Harry Ettlinger[162] Living (age 88) Last Monuments Man 1943 to 1946
Marek Edelman October 2, 2009(2009-10-02) (aged 87) Last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising April 19, 1943, to May 16, 1943
Les Munro Living (age 95) Last pilot of Operation Chastise during WWII May 16 to 17, 1943
Fritz Darges October 25, 2009(2009-10-25) (aged 96) Last member of Hitler's inner circle 1944
Frank Ellis Sublett[163] September 27, 2006(2006-09-27) (aged 86) Last member of the Golden Thirteen March 1944
Clifford Brewer Living (age 101) Last surviving surgeon of the Normandy landings June 6, 1944
David Wood March 12, 2009(2009-03-12) (aged 86) Last officer of the Pegasus Bridge raid on D-Day June 6, 1944
Ray Nance[164] April 19, 2009(2009-04-19) (aged 94) Last survivor of the Bedford Boys June 6, 1944
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin March 8, 2013(2013-03-08) (aged 90) Last participant of the plot to assassinate Hitler July 20, 1944

1945–1960[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
Charles W. Lindberg June 24, 2007(2007-06-24) (aged 86) Last Marine in the Iwo Jima Flag Raisings February 23, 1945
Rochus Misch September 5, 2013(2013-09-05) (aged 96) Last of the occupants of the 'Führerbunker' in the Final Days of the War in Europe April 1945
Albert Meserlin March 29, 2009(2009-03-29) (aged 88) Last witness of the German Surrender May 8, 1945
Harold Stassen[165] March 4, 2001(2001-03-04) (aged 93) Last signer of the United Nations Charter June 26, 1945
Theodore Van Kirk Living (age 93) Last crew member of the Enola Gay August 6, 1945
Benjamin Ferencz Living (age 94) Last prosecutor during the Nuremberg Trials November 20, 1945, to October 1, 1946
Ranbir Singh[166] February 1, 2009(2009-02-01) (aged 94) Last member of India’s Constituent Assembly December 9, 1946
Knut Haugland December 25, 2009(2009-12-25) (aged 92) Last crew member on the Kon-Tiki expedition April 28, 1947
Ring Lardner, Jr.[167] October 31, 2000(2000-10-31) (aged 85) Last member of The Hollywood Ten November 25, 1947
Gopal Godse[168] November 26, 2005(2005-11-26) (aged 86) Last conspirator involved in the assassination of Gandhi January 30, 1948
Arieh Handler May 20, 2011(2011-05-20) (aged 95) Last witness to the signing of the Israeli Declaration of Independence May 14, 1948
Tawfik Toubi March 11, 2011(2011-03-11) (aged 88) Last surviving member of the first Knesset 1949-1951
James Gruber February 27, 2011(2011-02-27) (aged 82) Last surviving member of the Mattachine Society 1950-1961
Zelma Henderson May 20, 2008(2008-05-20) (aged 88) Last participant in the Brown v. Board of Education case December 9, 1952, to May 17, 1954
George Lowe March 20, 2013(2013-03-20) (aged 89) Last member of the 1953 British Everest Expedition May 29, 1953
David Greenglass[169] Living (age 92) Last Living Rosenberg Co-Conspirator June 19, 1953
Maurice Faure[170] March 6, 2014(2014-03-06) (aged 92) Last signer of the Treaty of Rome March 25, 1957
Jenő Buzánszky Living (age 89) Last living member of the Golden Team, the most famous Hungarian football team of all time. 1950s
Maria Franziska von Trapp February 18, 2014(2014-02-18) (aged 99) Last member of the original Trapp Family Singers (from The Sound of Music) 1935-1957
Peter Cope April 4, 2005(2005-04-04) (aged 83) Last test pilot of the Avro Arrow Program March 25, 1958, to 1959

Post 1960[edit]

Name Death Historical event Date of event
John Glenn Living (age 92) Last member of Project Mercury 1959-1963
Franz König April 13, 2004(2004-04-13) (aged 98) Last cardinal created by Pope John XXIII and last participant in the conclave that elected Pope Paul VI June 21, 1963
Sarah Collins Rudolph[162] Living Last Living 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor September 15, 1963
Clint Hill Living (age 82) Last passenger of the presidential limousine which arrived at Parkland November 22, 1963
Gerald Ford December 26, 2006(2006-12-26) (aged 93) Last member of the committee of the Warren Commission November 29, 1963
Carmine G. DeSapio July 27, 2004(2004-07-27) (aged 95) Last surviving "Boss" of Tammany Hall May 12, 1789 to 1967
Yao Wenyuan[171] December 22, 2005(2005-12-22) (aged 74) Last member of China's Gang of Four 1966 to 1976
Larry Newman December 20, 2010(2010-12-20) (aged 63) Last crew member of the Double Eagle II August 12 to 17, 1978
Stanislav Hurenko April 14, 2013(2013-04-14) (aged 76) Last First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR September 1, 1991
Cornelius Botha February 6, 2014(2014-02-06) (aged 81) Last administrator of the Natal Province April 27, 1994
Luz Isabel Cuevas May 6, 2014(2014-05-06) (aged 91)[172] Last witness to the assassination of El Salvadorian bishop Óscar Romero March 24, 1980
Nur-Pashi Kulayev Living (age 33) Last surviving culprit of the Beslan school hostage crisis September 1, 2004
Alexander Sizov[173][174] Living Last survivor of the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster September 7, 2011

No date applicable[edit]

Name Death Historical event
Truganini May 8, 1876(1876-05-08) (aged 64) Last "full blood" Tasmanian Aborigine
Ishi March 25, 1916(1916-03-25) (aged 56) Last member of the Yahi
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia November 24, 1960(1960-11-24) (aged 78) Last immediate family member of Tsar Nicholas II
Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach[175] May 8, 1986(1986-05-08) (aged 48) Last heir to the Krupp fortune
Calvin Pearl Titus May 27, 1966(1966-05-27) (aged 86) Last American military flag bearer
Jean Kennedy Smith Living (age 86) Last child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy
Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg May 5, 2012(2012-05-05) (aged 95) Last great-grand child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Diane Disney Miller November 19, 2013(2013-11-19) (aged 79) Last child of Walt Disney and Lillian Bounds Disney
Tevfik Esenç October 7, 1992(1992-10-07) (aged 88) Last person able to speak the Ubykh language
Marie Smith Jones January 21, 2008(2008-01-21) (aged 89) Last speaker of the Eyak language
Boa Sr. January 26, 2010(2010-01-26) (aged 85) Last member of the Bo people

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