The following is a list of known veterans of the
First World War (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918) who died in 2008.
Veterans by country of service - 17 veterans [ edit ]
On 17 March 2008, despite the existence of
Pierre Picault, Fernand Goux and an anonymous veteran, Lazare Ponticelli received the French state funeral as the last poilu officially recognized by the French government. On 3 April 2008, [1 ] Yakup Satar was similarly honoured in Turkey, as was Italy's [2 ] Delfino Borroni on 29 October 2008. [3 ]
Künstler, Franz 24 July 1900
27 May 2008 (107)
Austria-Hungarian and Central Powers World War I veteran. Born in Hungary. Served in Italian Front. Also served for Hungary in World War II. Moved to Germany in 1946. Oldest man living in Germany at the time of his death. [4 ] [5 ]
Cambefort, Raymond 11 February 1900
16 January 2008 (107)
Excluded from French government lists-did not fight for three months in combat service. Signed up on 28 August 1918.
de Cazenave, Louis 16 October 1897
20 January 2008 (110)
Was thought to be the last World War I veteran born in France, until another veteran,
Fernand Goux, was discovered. France's oldest man at the time of his death. [7 ] [8 ]
Goux, Fernand 31 December 1899
9 November 2008 (108)
Served in 85th, then 82nd Infantry. Called up on 19 April 1918 to supply troops and bury dead. In
trenches on 3 November. Excluded from French government lists-did not fight for three months in combat service. Lived in Paris Region. [9 ] [10 ]
Picault, Pierre 27 February 1899
20 November 2008 (109)
Served in the
French Army 83rd Artillery. Called up on 15 April 1918 as 2nd class gunner. Excluded from French government lists. Lived in Bou, Loiret. France's oldest man at the time of his death. [11 ]
France & Italy
Ponticelli, Lazare 24 December 1897
12 March 2008 (110)
Third to last veteran to have fought in
French and Italian armies. Born in Italy. Fought in French Army from 1914–15 and Italian Army from 1915-18. Oldest living Italian born and French male upon death. [12 ]
Kästner, Erich 10 March 1900
1 January 2008 (107)
Last World War I
German Empire veteran and born in Germany. Enlisted in July 1918. Sent to Western Front to fight in France. Serving as a Major in ground support for the Luftwaffe in World War II. [13 ] [14 ] [15 ]
Italy Borroni, Delfino Edmondo
23 August 1898
26 October 2008 (110)
Last Italian veteran. Signed up in January 1917; served in
Italian Army, 6th Bersaglieri Bologna. Lived in Castano Primo, near Milan. [16 ]
Chiarello, Francesco Domenico 5 November 1898
27 June 2008 (109)
Italian army in 1918 as a member of the 19th infantry regiment from Cosenza. Fought in the final battle of Vittorio Veneto. [17 ] [18 ]
Satar, Yakup 11 March 1898
2 April 2008 (110)
Last World War I veteran who fought for the
Ottoman Empire. Born in Crimea. Enlisted in 1915. Taken prisoner in 1917 in Baghdad campaign by the British. [19 ]
Krichevsky, Mikhail Efimovich 25 February 1897
26 December 2008 (111)
Served for Russia. Joined up in 1917. Accounts differ as to whether he was sent to the Austro-Hungarian front. After
October Revolution returned home. Ukraine's oldest man. Lived in Donetsk. [20 ] [21 ]
Wycech, Stanisław 27 June 1902
12 January 2008 (105)
Poland's last known veteran of
World War I. Messenger in 1915, aged 13. Saw action on 10 November 1918. Called back in 1919 to fight the Bolsheviks. Lived in Warsaw up until his death. [22 ]
Campany, Ivy Lillian 23 September 1901
19 December 2008 (107)
Penultimate female veteran of any country. Joined
Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War I. Fire-watcher in World War II. Lived in Margate, Kent at the time of her death. [23 ]
Lucas, Sydney Maurice (Syd) 21 September 1900
4 November 2008 (108)
Served in the 45th
Sherwood Foresters. Did not see action (was still in training). Moved to Australia in 1928 and served in the Australian Army in World War II. [24 ]
Powers, Gladys 10 May 1899
15 August 2008 (109)
Last World War I veteran living in Canada. Barracks waitress in the
WAAC, and later in the WRAF. Moved to Canada in 1920. Lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia at the time of her death. [25 ] [26 ]
Stair, Stanley Charles October 1900
April 2008 (107)
Last World War I veteran from the
British West Indies Regiment. Infantryman with the rank of Private. Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Lived in Animal Hill, Lucea, Jamaica. [27 ]
Landis, Harry Richard 12 December 1899
4 February 2008 (108)
Florida, Joined United States Army in October 1918 in the Student Army Training Corps. Did not finish basic training. Discharged in December 1918. [28 ] [29 ]
Unverified World War I veterans - 1 veteran [ edit ]
Listed here is veterans who were not verified by government sanctions as a World War I veteran.
World War I-era veterans - 4 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 "World War I", but are considered World War I-era veterans by the press or by their respective governments, or served in a related conflict.
Totals - 22 veterans [ edit ]
Verified veterans - 17
Unverified veterans - 1
World War I-Era veterans - 4
See also [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Ganley, Elaine (2008-03-17). "Adieu to an oldest soldier". Philadelphia Daily News . Retrieved 2008-08-15.
^ "Turkey loses Independence War vet". Today's Zaman. 2008-04-04. Archived from the original on 2008-04-04 . Retrieved 2008-08-15.
^ "Delfino Borroni's state funeral". Il Giorno. 2008-10-29 . Retrieved 2008-11-05.
^ Walzenbach, Nadine (2006-09-11). "Franz Künstler—oldest castle guide" (in German). Fränkische Nachrichten . Retrieved 2007-02-12.
^ Künstler's obituary (German)
^ Ders Des Ders report, retrieved on 21 January 2008
^ French World War I Veteran Cazenave Dies 20 January 2008
^ Hopquin, Benoît (2007-03-05). "Les Ders Des Ders" (in French). Le Monde . Retrieved 2007-05-30.
^ "Le dernier Poilu de 14-18 n'est pas mort". L'Histoire du jour (in French) (Le Depeche). 2008-06-19 . Retrieved 2008-06-20.
^ "Morto uno degli ultimi reduci della Grande Guerra" (in Italian). Il Giornale . Retrieved 2008-11-10.
^ "Ders des Ders report - France" (in French) . Retrieved 2008-11-26.
^ France's final WWI veteran dies
^ Kästner's death announcement, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 5 January 2008
^ BBC Obituary 26 January 2008
^ Crossland, David (2008-01-22). "Last German World War I Veteran Believed to Have Died". Spiegel Online . Retrieved 2009-08-17.
^ "È morto Delfino Borroni, l'ultimo reduce italiano della Grande Guerra" (in Italian). La Gazello dello Sport.
^ "Italian WWI veteran dead at 109". ABC News. 2008-07-01 . Retrieved 2009-08-17.
^ "Domenico Chiarello: Italian veteran of the First World War". London: Times Online. 2008-07-09 . Retrieved 2009-08-17.
^ "Последний в мире ветеран Первой мировой живет в Донецке (In Russian)". 2008-02-22 . Retrieved 2008-02-22.
^ Mikhail Krichevsky obituary(In Russian)
^ "Last Polish WWI veteran, 105, remembers his teenage soldiering". Sawf News. 2007-11-10 . Retrieved 2009-08-17.
^ "Ivy 107 done that". This is Kent . Retrieved 2009-01-13.
^ Bingham, John (5 November 2008). "British First World War veteran dies days before 90th anniversary". London: Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 2008-11-05.
^ "Gladys Powers celebrates 109 years". Abbotsford Times . Retrieved 2008-05-16.
^ Canada's oldest First World War vet dies
^ Wither Hanover's Heroes? - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM
^ Branch-Brioso, Karen (2008-02-06). "1 Known WWI Veteran Left After Bay Area Man Dies". Tampa Bay Online . Retrieved 2009-02-06.
^ "World War I Veteran Harry Landis". United States Department of Veterans Affairs . Retrieved 2009-08-17.
^ http://messaggeroveneto.repubblica.it/necrologie/541233 Notice of Giobatta Bisaro's death and funeral
^ Notice of Floyd Matthews' death
^ Lwów Eaglets