Harry Newcombe

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Harry John Newcombe (5 August 1900 – 18 March 2006) was, at age 105, one of only a few surviving British veterans of the First World War when he died in 2006.

Newcombe was born in Islington and joined the British Army in 1918 as a private in the Royal Sussex Regiment. When the war ended, he was still in training. He did however spend a year in Germany as part of the army of occupation. Following the war he resumed his trade as a railwayman, retiring in 1965. He recalled once serving Winston Churchill a drink who gave him a cigar as a tip.[1] During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force as a movements clerk.

He was only traced as a surviving veteran of the First World War in 2003.

Newcombe lived in Worthing, West Sussex until his death at age 105 after a long illness following a stroke.