List of veterans of World War I who died in 2007

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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 2007.

Veteran Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico (21 August 1891–24 January 2007), who died aged 115, is the oldest authenticated veteran, from any conflict, to have ever lived.

Veterans by country of service - 37 veterans[edit]

Canada (2 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Clemett, Victor Lloyd 10 Dec 1899 21 Feb 2007 (107) Non combat. Enlisted aged 16 and served in England cutting timber when his real age was discovered. See entry.[1]
Wilson, Dwight "Percy" 26 Feb 1901 9 May 2007 (106) Did not see action (was turned back after arriving in England, due to his young age). See entries.[2][3]

France (6 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Brunier, Charles 31 May 1901 26 Jan 2007 (105) Excluded from French government lists as it only counts those who served in France, i.e. on the Western front. See entries.[4][5]
Delaire, Bernard 28 Mar 1899 1 Oct 2007 (108) In training as a naval officer August–November 1918.[6]
Grelaud, Jean 26 Oct 1898 25 Feb 2007 (108) See entry.[7]
Guay, Raymond 17 Apr 1900 2 Jan 2007 (106) [2]
Riffaud, René Félix 19 Dec 1898 16 Jan 2007 (108) See entries.[8][9][10]
Capony, Marie-Simone 14 Mar 1894 15 Sep 2007 (113) See entry.[11]

Germany (9 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Christmann, Rudolf 10 Jan 1900 27 Jun 2007 (107) Served in both World Wars, oldest living German man during the last month of his life.[3]
Heiman, Walter 12 Mar 1901 18 Mar 2007 (106) Enlisted at age 17 in March 1918, but still in flight training when war ended. Fled to U.S. in 1938, became U.S. citizen, died in Missouri. See entry.[12]
Kaiser, Albin 12 Dec 1899 11 Apr 2007 (107) Served in France. Infantry.[4]
Kos, Józef 27 Sep 1900 5 Apr 2007 (106) Ethnic Pole. Served in the German army in 1918. See entries.[13][14][15][16][17]
Moszynski, Johann 25 Feb 1902 5 Dec 2007 (105) Born in Galicia[5]
Meier, Robert 10 Mar 1897 29 Jan 2007 (109) See entries.[18][19][20][6]
Remmert, Wilhelm 15 Nov 1899 27 May 2007 (107) Went to war at 17 and served in Russia, later in France. Oldest living German man until his death.[21]
Seegers, William 24 Oct 1900 10 July 2007 (106) Drafted June 1918; served until Apr 1919. Died in U.S. See entry.[22]
Seim, Rudolf 31 Jan 1899 9 Jan 2007 (107) [21][7]

Italy (9 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Agazzi, Alberto 30 Jan 1899 12 Apr 2007 (108) [23]
Bertolami, Carmelo 8 Dec 1900 4 Nov 2007 (106) Excluded from Italian government lists as it only counts those with at least six months of service. Called up in March 1917.[24][25]
Carta, Giovanni Antonio 28 Dec 1899 5 Jun 2007 (107) Enlisted in 1917.[26]
Ciarniello, Annibale 9 Jan 1900 3 Jan 2007 (106) Excluded from Italian government lists as it only counts those with more than six months of service. See entry.[27]
Costanzo, Pasquale 21 May 1899 10 May 2007 (107)
Garbuglia, Enrico 30 Mar 1900 2 Jun 2007 (107) Joined June 1918.
Sarrocco, Italo 11 May 1898 8 Jan 2007 (108) Fought at the Battle of Vittorio Veneto. See entry.[28]
Serioli, Battista 26 Nov 1900 21 Dec 2007 (107) Excluded from Italian government lists as it only counts those with at least six months of service. Signed up in May 1918. Lived in Sale Marasino, near Brescia. Left the Army in 1921.[29][30][31]
Tuveri, Giustino 15 May 1898 5 Oct 2007 (109) Born in Sardinia, moved to France in 1920.[32]

Romania (1 veteran)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Pănculescu, Gheorghe C. 26 Mar 1903 7 Jan 2007 (103) Last known Romanian World War I veteran. See entry.[33]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (3 veterans)[edit]

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Violet Hughes Women's Army Auxiliary Corps 14 Jan 1901 8 Mar 2007 (106) One of the last surviving British female veterans of World War I.[34]
Mayne, Philip 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers 22 Nov 1899 9 Apr 2007 (107) The last surviving British army officer of World War I and last Royal Engineer. Non combat. Completed training in September 1918 and awaiting a posting to the Front but caught Spanish flu and spent the remainder of the war in hospital. See entry.[35]
Young, William (Will) Private, Royal Flying Corps 4 Jan 1900 24 Jul 2007 (107) Last Scottish veteran and the last survivor of the RFC. Served as a wireless operator on the Western Front. Moved to Australia after World War II. See entries.[36][37]

United States (7 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Brown, Lloyd 7 Oct 1901 29 Mar 2007 (105) From Maryland, the last US Navy World War I veteran. See entry.[38]
Coffey, J. Russell 1 Sep 1898 20 Dec 2007 (109) From North Baltimore, Ohio, enlisted on 19 October 1918. Did not see action (was still in training)[39][40][41]
Mercado del Toro, Emiliano 21 Aug 1891 24 Jan 2007 (115) From Puerto Rico, the oldest veteran ever. The oldest person and oldest man in the world at the time of his death. See entries.[42][43]
Pierro, Antonio 22 Feb 1896 8 Feb 2007 (110) From Massachusetts, and the last veteran of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. See entry.[44]
Ramsey, Howard Verne 2 Apr 1898 22 Feb 2007 (108) From Oregon. See entry.[45]
Wagner, Albert Frederick 'Jud' 5 Sep 1899 20 Jan 2007 (107) From Kansas, and the last US Marine Corps World War I veteran. See entries.[46][47]
Winters, Charlotte 10 Nov 1897 27 Mar 2007 (109) From Maryland, and the last female US World War I veteran. See entry.[48]

World War I-era veterans - 5 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.

Finland (2 veterans)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Lehtinen, Eino Arvid 10 Apr 1900 29 Jan 2007 (106) Veteran of the White Guard in the Finnish Civil War (1918). [8]
Rönnback, Lennart 21 May 1905 4 Nov 2007 (102) Veteran of the White Guard in the Finnish Civil War (1918). Finnish Swede.[49]

Turkey/Ottoman Empire (1 veteran)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Turan, Veysel 1898? 25 Mar 2007 (108) Veteran of the Turkish War of Independence 1919–1923 and post–World War I interregnum. [9]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1 veteran)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Baker, Wilfred 29 Jun 1900 5 Mar 2007 (106) Scottish World War I-era veteran, joined the Royal Navy in December 1918. See entry.[50]

United States (1 veteran)[edit]

Name Born Died Notes
Peterson, Orin Manfred 27 Feb 1900 24 Aug 2007 (107) Signed up for US cavalry but did not serve overseas. Enlisted in 1919 according to a letter from his nephew, but his World War I Draft Registration Card from 1918 states he enlisted in the third and final draft, 12 September 1918,[51] roll 1684110. It is still disputed whether he may have been considered a World War I veteran instead of an era veteran.[52] It is possible that the family wanted to prevent media coverage. Lived in Spokane, Washington.[53]

Totals - 42 veterans[edit]

  • Verified veterans - 37
  • World War I-Era veterans - 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Charles Brunier (French).
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