John Campbell Ross
|John Campbell Ross|
11 March 1899|
|Died||3 June 2009 (aged
110 years, 84 days)|
|Service/branch||Australian Imperial Force
Volunteer Defence Corps
|Years of service||1918
|Battles/wars||First World War
Second World War
John Campbell "Jack" Ross (11 March 1899 – 3 June 2009) was at the time of his death Australia's oldest living person and the last Australian veteran of the First World War.
Early life and family
Born in Newtown, Victoria, a suburb of Geelong, Ross served as a wireless operator in the Australian Imperial Force, enlisting in January 1918, but never left Australia or saw active service. He later went on to serve in the Second World War as a corporal with the 20th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps.
His wife, Irene (née Laird), predeceased him by several decades. He is survived by a son, Robert, a daughter, Peggy Ashburn, four grandchildren - Jeanette, Heather, Kay, and John – and nine great-grandchildren.
On 11 November 1998, Ross had been awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Medal to mark the end of World War I. He had also been awarded the Centenary Medal for contributing to Australian society in the 100 years since federation.
The death of William Evan Allan in October 2005 left Ross as the last Australian digger from World War I. However, the English-born Claude Choules, a World War I veteran who served for Britain, lived in Western Australia. Ross became Australia's oldest man at the age of 108, on 12 June 2007, upon the death of Frank Scarrabelotti. Following the death of 112-year-old E. Beatrice Riley, he was verified as the oldest person in Australia.
As a civilian, Ross worked for Victorian Railways until he retired in 1964. Ross died peacefully in his sleep at approximately 4 am. at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in Bendigo on 3 June 2009, aged 110.
- List of Australian supercentenarians
- List of last surviving World War I veterans by country
- List of veterans of World War I who died in 2009–12
- "Last remaining Digger: Australia's oldest man Jack Ross dies aged 110". The Age. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
- "Australia's oldest man, 110, dies". BBC News. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.