George Frederick Ives

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George Frederick Ives
Born 17 November 1881
Brighton, England
Died 12 April 1993
(aged 111 years, 146 days)
British Columbia, Canada
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1899–1902
Unit Imperial Yeomanry

George Frederick Ives (17 November 1881 – 12 April 1993) was a British-Canadian army veteran, who became known as the last surviving veteran of the Boer Wars.[1] Ives became known in the UK after a piece in the Peterborough Column in the Daily Telegraph (UK). His record as oldest British veteran, at 111 years, 146 days, of any war was broken on 1 November 2007 by First World War veteran Henry Allingham.


Ives was born at Brighton, England.[1] The family worked for the Tidmarsh family. He worked in his father's workshop in Bristol until 1899.[2] That December, Ives was eager to enlist after hearing that the British had been defeated at Colenso, Magersfontein.[2]

In the Boer War, George fought with the Imperial Yeomanry, along with 122 other veterans, of the British Army in South Africa.[2]

Ives emigrated to Canada in 1903 with his father and purchased 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land for ten dollars.[3] He was rejected from service in World War I because of a heart murmur.[3]

In 1910, he married Kay Nelson.[3] The couple had three sons and three daughters.[3] Nelson disliked the hard life of the prairies, so the family moved in 1919 to White Rock, British Columbia.[3] Ives owned a farm there and eventually retired from it in 1941.[3] He looked and found another job because he said that his retirement was an excuse to change jobs. He worked in a shipyard building wooden scows for another 15 years until 1956, when he finally announced his retirement.[3]

The Ives resided in the same house until 1984, until which they moved into a retirement home.[4] His wife died in 1987.[1] He attended the Albert Hall service on Remembrance day 1992 in England and met Queen Elizabeth and her mother; Margaret Thatcher, and Prime Minister John Major.[4][1] At the time, he was the last living veteran entitled to wear a Queen Victoria Medal and laid a wreath at the memorial.[1] Ives died on 12 April 1993 at aged 111 years, 146 days in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "George Ives". Baltimore Sun. April 16, 1993. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Davies 1996, p. 1
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Davies 1996, p. 2
  4. ^ a b c Davies 1996, p. 3


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