George Frederick Ives
|George Frederick Ives|
|Born||17 November 1881
|Died||12 April 1993
(aged 111 years, 146 days)
British Columbia, Canada
|Years of service||1899–1902|
George Frederick Ives (17 November 1881 – 12 April 1993) was a British army veteran, who became known as the last surviving veteran of the Boer Wars. 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 and 146 days, of any war was broken on 1 November 2007 by First World War veteran Henry Allingham.
Ives was born at Brighton, England. The family worked for the Tidmarsh family. He worked in his father's workshop in Bristol until 1899. That December, Ives was eager to enlist after hearing that the British had been defeated at Colenso, Magersfontein.
In 1910, he married Kay Nelson. The couple had three sons and three daughters. Nelson disliked the hard life of the prairies, so the family moved in 1919 to White Rock, British Columbia. Ives owned a farm there and eventually retired from it in 1941. He looked and found another job because he said that his retirement was an excuse to change jobs. So until 1956, 15 years later, he worked in a shipyard building wooden scows, and confirmed his retirement.
The couple had resided in that same house until 1984, until moving into a retirement home. His wife died in 1987. He attended the Albert Hall service on Remembrance day 1992 in England and met Queen Elizabeth and her mother; Baroness Margaret Thatcher, and Prime Minister John Major. At the time, he was the last living allowed to wear a Queen Victoria Medal and raised a wreath at the memorial. Ives died on 12 April 1993 at aged 111 years, 146 days in British Columbia, Canada.
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