List of veterans of World War I who died in 2005

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The following is a list of known veterans of the First World War (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918) who died in 2005.

Veterans by country of service – 96 veterans[edit]

On 25 October 2005, William Evan Allan received the Australian state funeral,[1] as John Campbell Ross did not see active service.

Australia (4 veterans)[edit]

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Allan, William Evan Crawford Able Seaman, Royal Australian Navy 24 July 1899 17 October 2005 (106) Served aboard HMAS Encounter. See entry.
Bennion, Gilbert Corporal, 5th Reinforcements, Australian Imperial Force 1 October 1898 27 January 2005 (106) Non combat. Enlisted August 1918, still in training when war ended.[4]
Casserly, Peter Private, 2nd, 5th & 16th Railway Transport Units, Australian Imperial Force 28 January 1898 24 June 2005 (107) Last Australian combat veteran. Enlisted 1917 and served as a railwayman and a sapper at Ypres, Armentieres and Amiens. See entry.
McCoy, Kara Moser Nurse, ANZAC Corps 15 August 1898 17 January 2005 (106) Born England, died California. Last known female veteran of the Australian armed forces. Enlisted underage in 1914, and served on hospital ships tending the wounded on their long sea voyages home.[5][6]

Austria-Hungary (5 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Gillarduzzi, Teofilo 6 June 1899 11 November 2005 (106) Born in Cortina d'Ampezzo, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914–18, but later part of Italy.[2]
Karwowski, Franciszek 10 December 1895 12 April 2005 (109) Ethnic Pole. Also a veteran of the Polish-Bolveshik War (1919–1920) and World War II, in which he fought for both the German Wehrmacht and the Russian Red Army.[3]
Marek, Karol 1900 7 February 2005 (105) Ethnic Pole.
Pajaczkowski, Jerzy Casimir 19 July 1894 6 December 2005 (111) Ethnic Pole. Conscripted 1914. Fought as a sergeant on the Italian Front. Captured by the Italians at the end of the war. Joined the Polish army afterwards reaching the rank of Colonel. Died in the UK. See entry.
Skabar, Tony 18 October 1900 17 December 2005 (105) Born in Ukraine, died in Canada.

Canada (3 veterans)[edit]

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Gionet, Lazare Private, Canadian Army 6 August 1896 1 April 2005 (108) Non combat. Enlisted 1916, but did not serve overseas.[7]
Laking, Clarence (Clare) Private, 27th Battery, 4th Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Force 21 February 1899 26 November 2005 (106) Last Canadian combat veteran. Enlisted 1916. Served as a signaller on the Western Front. See entry.
Procter, William (Duke) Private, 172nd Battalion (Rocky Mountain Rangers), Canadian Expeditionary Force 18 August 1899 14 December 2005 (106) Non combat. Served in England, cutting timber. See entry.

France (8 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Binet, Charles Marie Nicolas 16 September 1896 2 February 2005 (108) [4]
Boucaud, Claude-Marie 12 August 1895 17 May 2005 (109) Conscripted 1914. Fought with the 133e RI de Bellay at Mont Curlu (wounded) and Chemin des Dames.[4]
Debry, André Léon Alphonse 15 June 1898 31 August 2005 (107) Conscripted into the artillery in 1917. Fought in the Aisne and Picardie offensives of 1918. See entry.[4]
Lavrand, André Jean 10 October 1900 28 September 2005 (104) Conscripted 1918.[4]
Moreau, René Marie-Martial 8 September 1897 26 October 2005 (108) Conscripted 1916. Officer cadet, 121e RA. Last survivor of the Battle of Verdun. Awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery.[4]
Navarre, Léon 2 August 1899 25 April 2005 (105) Conscripted 1917 into the artillery.[4]
Piton, Albert 12 October 1898 13 January 2005 (106) Joined the 2eme RA in 1917, wounded 1918.[4]
Tendil, Alexis 12 August 1896 5 October 2005 (109) Radio operator with the 8e Engineering Regiment. See entry.[4]

Germany (11 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Börker, Friedrich 11 July 1900 21 October 2005 (105) [4]
Carl, Josef 29 October 1899 10 November 2005 (106) Fought with the infantry in Poland[5]
Dörnemann, Hermann 27 May 1893 2 March 2005 (111) Fought on the Western Front, where he was wounded. See entry.
Häßler, Fritz Otto Erich 22 April 1899 2 December 2005 (106) See entry.
Kuentz, Charles 18 February 1897 7 April 2005 (108) Born in Alsace-Lorraine. Conscripted into the German army 1916 and served on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. The last ‘French’ German veteran of World War I. Also a World War II veteran. See entry.
Person, Kurt 24 April 1898 23 February 2005 (106)
Rösch, Johann 24 March 1898 25 April 2005 (107) [4]
Rzepa, Jan 14 June 1899 23 March 2005 (105) Ethnic Pole conscripted into the German army. Fought with the RIR 12, Reserve Brandenburg 12th Grenadiers, 5. Reserve Division. Wounded at Verdun 1917, the last Polish veteran of the Polish Uprising 1919.[8][9] pl:Jan Rzepa
Schweim, Otto Nicolaus 27 April 1897 9 September 2005 (108) [10][dead link]
Steinkamp, Christian 27 February 1900 24 July 2005 (105)
Van Sloten, Bert c. 1900 Sep 2005 (105) Born in the Netherlands, died in the UK. Fought with the German air force in World War I, winning the Iron Cross, and with the Royal Air Force in World War II, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross.[11]

Italy (20 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Alfano, Carmine 14 September 1896 5 February 2005 (108) [12]
Barbero, Luigi 12 April 1899 8 February 2005 (105) [13]
Barni, Arnaldo 2 June 1899 19 November 2005 (106) [2]
Bonomini, Paolo 22 May 1898 9 December 2005 (107) [2]
Consigli, Avellino 5 July 1898 11 October 2005 (107)
Della Pietra, Lina 21 September 1901 28 October 2005 (104) [6]
Denaro, Giuseppe 13 October 1900 10 July 2005 (104)
Di Nardo, Antonio 10 November 1898 3 May 2005 (106)
Di Rocco, Giuseppe 7 February 1899 2005 (105–106) Died in the USA.[7]
Di Santo, Benedetto 26 September 1899 5 April 2005 (105) [14]
Ledda, Luciano 22 January 1898 14 August 2005 (107)
Pietro, Micheletti 18 October 1900 25 March 2005 (104) Party volunteer in 1917, was drafted in the body of Arditi, 4 November 1918 entered in Vittorio Veneto, fifty years after he was given the same name knighthood
Monni, Marino 2 May 1899 20 June 2005 (106)
Orelli, Carlo 23 December 1894 22 January 2005 (110) Italy’s oldest man at his death. See entry.
Ossino, Cirino 4 September 1898 15 July 2005 (106)
Paoloni, Romolo 30 May 1899 2 May 2005 (105) [15]
Rava, Luigi 9 September 1897 19 September 2005 (108)
Roffinella, Secondo 3 May 1898 26 October 2005 (107) Fought in an Alpine regiment at the Battle of Caporetto and taken prisoner.
Santo, Ambulo 25 August 1900 6 February 2005 (104) [16]
Sini, Francesco 29 July 1899 30 May 2005 (105)

Poland (2 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Twarowski, Zygmunt 13 September 1903 2005 (101–102) Also fought in the Polish-Bolshevik War 1919–1920: [17]
Zimmer, Stanisław 1902 1 November 2005 (103)

Puerto Rico (1 veteran)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Vega-Jimenez, Salomon 9 May 1898 18 March 2005 (106) Private, US Army.[8]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (16 veterans)[edit]

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Anderson, Alfred Sergeant, 1/5th (Angus & Dundee) Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 25 June 1896 21 November 2005 (109) Last 'Old Contemptible.' See entry.[18]
Butcher, Stephen Graham Boy Bandsman, Royal Marines 2 January 1904 Dec 2005 (101) Enlisted aged 13. Served aboard HMS Hyacinth. See entry.
Brooks, Walter Private, 77th Distribution Battalion 2 October 1900 Feb 2005 (104) Enlisted 16 October 1918 and still in training when the war ended.[9][19]
Caley, William Henry Stoker, Royal Navy 25 September 1899 Feb 2005 (105) Enlisted 1918.[10]ADM 188/1124[20]
Clark, Bert Private, Northamptonshire Regiment 20 November 1899 21 January 2005 (104) Last known Great War veteran of the Northamptonshire Regiment. Non combat.[11]
Dickinson, Joseph Frederick (Fred) Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy 4 March 1899 17 January 2005 (105) Torpedo operator on HMS Warrior.[12]
Elder, William Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery 5 May 1897 22 June 2005 (108) Last known Great War veteran of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Fought on the Somme and first two battles of Ypres.[21]
Finnigan, Alfred Benjamin Driver, 15th Royal Field Artillery 18 September 1896 11 May 2005 (108) Last known Great War veteran of the Royal Field Artillery. Lead driver in six-man horse team. See entry.[22]
Hardy, George Henry Private, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons 2 December 1899 22 January 2005 (105) Last known Great War veteran of the Dragoons. Non combat.[11]
Lawton, Harold Walter Corporal, 1/4th East Yorkshire Regiment 27 July 1899 24 December 2005 (106) Last known Great War veteran of the East Yorkshire Regiment. See entry.[23]
Lloyd, Charles Frederick Gunner, Royal Field Artillery 23 February 1898 28 April 2005 (107) Served in veterinary division.[24]
Lloyd, Arthur Henry (Harry) Private, Royal Flying Corps 17 June 1900 22 June 2005 (105) Non combat. Enlisted underage, served as an aircraft fitter.[25]
Marshall, Albert Elliot (Smiler) Private, 1/1st Essex Yeomanry & Machine Gun Corps 15 March 1897 16 May 2005 (108) Last British cavalryman of the Great War. See entry.[26]
Rice, George Francis 1/5th Durham Light Infantry & 1st & 2/5th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 18 June 1897 17 September 2005 (108) Last known Great War veteran of the West Riding Regiment. Served as a Lewis gunner on the Western Front.[27]
Watson, Charles Alfred W. (Chuck) Sergeant, 11th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps 16 November 1899 1 January 2005 (105) Aircraft navigator. Last surviving airman to have been shot down.[11]
Withers, Cecil Clarence Private, 1st Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) & Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 8 June 1898 17 April 2005 (106) Last known Great War veteran of the Royal Fusiliers and Royal West Surrey Regiments. Enlisted underage. Wounded at Arras.[28]

United States (26 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Boice, Harold Frank 8 September 1897 7 October 2005 (108) (New York) Enlisted 1917. Served as a private in telegraph battalion. In France only for a few days; en route to the Front when the Armistice was declared.[29]
Briant, George L. 3 March 1901 31 January 2005 (103) (Louisiana) Served in France and awarded the Legion of Honour.[4]
Brush, Earl F. 17 July 1893 10 January 2005 (111) (California)
Chapman, Homer Dwight 4 October 1898 4 April 2005 (106) (California) Non combat. In training with the Student Army Training Corps 1918.[30]
Cook, Arthur E. 4 May 1895 24 March 2005 (109) (Kansas) Served in France and awarded the Legion of Honour.
Crist, Ray H. 8 March 1900 23 July 2005 (105) (New York) Non-combat. Served in the Student Army Training Corps. Later worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the nuclear bomb.
Elliott, Sr., John Paul 6 February 1899 14 January 2005 (105) (California) Enlisted in the US Navy aged 17 as a pharmacist’s mate on the USS Texas. Patrolled the North Sea and the Baltic, and was present at the surrender of the German fleet 1919. Also a World War II veteran.[31]
Fiala, Arthur (Art) 17 February 1899 23 November 2005 (106) (Wisconsin) Non combat. Served in France 1918 with 20th Engineering Battalion as a wood cutter and cook. See entry.
Grace, Rollin F. (Jack) 11 March 1900 23 January 2005 (104) (Vermont). Non combat. Served Stateside with the 302nd Cavalry Regiment. [32]
Grill, Max 24 April 1900 3 December 2005 (105) (New York) Served as a lieutenant in the US Army towards the end of the war.[33]
Hair, Joe Dollar 11 October 1895 3 March 2005 (109) (Alabama)
Harrison, Michael 13 December 1897 5 April 2005 (107) (California) US Army.[34]
Hendershott, Robert L. 7 August 1898 23 March 2005 (106) (Florida). Non-combat. Served in the Officer Training Corps.[35]
Lane, Stanley 1 October 1901 15 July 2005 (103) (Maryland) Non combat. Born Samuel Levine in Warsaw, emigating to the USA as a child. Enlisted in the US Cavalry aged 16, but served Stateside. Remained in the army, and served with the Quartermaster Corps in World War II and the Korean War, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.[36]
Law, Reuben Walter 14 August 1898 1 January 2005 (106) (Nevada) Sergeant, US Army. Served in France Oct–Nov 1918 transporting supplies and wounded soldiers behind the front line.[37]
Matthews, Mark 7 August 1894 6 September 2005 (111) (North Carolina) Non combat. Based in the American West as a ‘Buffalo Soldier.’ See entry.
Mauss, Henry D. 27 September 1898 30 May 2005 (106) (Missouri) Non-combat.[38]
Meyer, Charley H. 13 May 1899 22 January 2005 (105) (Kansas) Non combat. Enlisted 1918 and served Stateside with a Motor Transport division.[39]
Myers, Kenneth 18 April 1898 28 November 2005 (107) (Texas) A sailor, he served aboard the USS Oklahoma.[40]
Perkins, George Dewey 10 March 1898 9 February 2005 (106) (Louisiana) Non combat. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps 1917. Struck down by Spanish Flu preventing his deployment to France.[41]
Rager, Dean L. 22 December 1898 20 February 2005 (106) (Idaho) Private, US Army.[8]
Robb, Fred Eliot 16 October 1896 28 March 2005 (108) (Missouri) Non combat. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps 1918, but illness prevented his deployment to France. Served as a Navy Chaplain in World War II. Brother of Jacob Robb (see Surviving Veterans of World War I who died in 2004).[42]
Smith, Harold M. 2 August 1900 5 June 2005 (104) Non combat. Marine. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps aged 17, but was still in training when the war ended.[43]
Warner, Charles H. 1 October 1899 25 January 2005 (105) (California)
Wells, Ed 1 January 1897 11 December 2005 (108) (Mississippi)
Wilbur, Bertrand 10 April 1899 31 March 2005 (105) (California)[44]

World War I-era veterans – 3 veterans[edit]

Listed here are those that joined the armed services after the Armistice date, but before the Treaty of Versailles was signed, or where there is debate on their join-date, or whose military service is sometimes viewed as outside the scope of "WWI", but are considered World War I-era veterans by the press or by their respective governments, or served in a related conflict.

United Kingdom (1 veteran)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Rudd, Victor (Bob) 28 April 1901 20 November 2005 (104) Enlisted on 5 May 1919 and served as a Private, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, with the Army of Occupation until discharged in December 1919. Died in New Zealand.[45][46]

United States (2 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Ereñeta, Julio (Jay) 2 January 1902 15 April 2005 (103) (California) Enlisted in the US Navy 1919 and served aboard a minesweeper clearing the North Sea.
Hileman, Warren V. 29 September 1901 30 January 2005 (103) (Illinois) Served with the US Army Expeditionary Force in Siberia 1919–1920.

Totals – 99 veterans[edit]

  • Verified veterans – 96
  • World War I-Era veterans – 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Allan receives Australian state funeral". Navy News. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 3 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Gazzettino, 4 November 2005 [1]
  3. ^ pl:Franciszek Karwowski
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mathieu, Frédéric, Ders Des Ders [2]
  5. ^ Newspaper of Kirchengemeinde Seesen
  6. ^ http://www.avisveneto.it/documenti/3138/12_13_PianetaDonna.pdf
  7. ^ Mathieu, Frédéric, Ders Des Ders [3]
  8. ^ a b "National Gravesite Locator". National Cemetery Association. 
  9. ^ "British Army WWI Service Records 1914–1920". The National Archive. 
  10. ^ "Admiralty: Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services 1908–1923". The National Archive. 
  11. ^ a b c Smith, David (14 November 2004). "Last veterans to tell their war stories". London: The Observer. Retrieved 29 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Farewell to 105-year-old". The Northern Echo. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 29 July 2007. 

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