List of British supercentenarians

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Henry Allingham (1896–2009), was a First World War veteran, and the longest-lived British man ever, at 113 years and 42 days. Pictured in 2006, age 110.

British supercentenarians are citizens, residents or emigrants from the United Kingdom who have attained or surpassed 110 years of age. As of January 2015, the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) had validated the longevity claims of 154 British supercentenarians, including 23 emigrants who died in other nations.[1] The oldest known British person ever was Charlotte Hughes who died in 1993 at the age of 115 years, 228 days.[2] The oldest man ever from the United Kingdom was Henry Allingham who died in 2009 at the age of 113 years, 42 days.[3] As of 20 October 2020, the oldest person living in the United Kingdom is Joan Eileen Hocquard, born 29 March 1908, aged 112 years, 205 days. However, the oldest living Briton is Canadian immigrant Phyllis Ridgway born 10 March 1907, aged 113 years, 224 days.[4]

100 oldest British people ever[edit]

  Deceased   Living

Rank Name Sex Birth date Death date Age Country of birth Country of death
or residence
01 Charlotte Hughes[2] F 1 August 1877 17 March 1993 115 years, 228 days England England
02 Annie Jennings[2] F 12 November 1884 20 November 1999 115 years, 8 days England England
03 Eva Morris[2] F 8 November 1885 2 November 2000 114 years, 360 days England England
04 Ethel Lang[5] F 27 May 1900 15 January 2015 114 years, 233 days England England
05 Anna Eliza Williams[2] F 2 June 1873 27 December 1987 114 years, 208 days England Wales
06 Grace Clawson[2] F 15 November 1887 28 May 2002 114 years, 194 days England United States
07 Lucy Jane Askew[2] F 8 September 1883 9 December 1997 114 years, 92 days England England
08 Florrie Baldwin[6] F 31 March 1896 8 May 2010 114 years, 38 days England England
09 Amy Hulmes[2] F 5 October 1887 27 October 2001 114 years, 22 days England England
10 Miriam Carpelan[1] F 8 July 1882 22 June 1996 113 years, 350 days England United States
11 Grace Adelaide Jones[2] F 7 December 1899 14 November 2013 113 years, 342 days England England
12 Olive Boar[5] F 29 September 1904 28 August 2018 113 years, 333 days England England
13 Bessie Camm[5] F 20 June 1904 11 May 2018 113 years, 325 days England England
14 Rosa Ann Comfort[2] F 21 January 1879 6 November 1992 113 years, 290 days England England
15 Phyllis Ridgway[4] F 10 March 1907 Living 113 years, 224 days England Canada
16 Lucy d'Abreu[2] F 24 May 1892 7 December 2005 113 years, 197 days British Raj[a] Scotland
17 Gladys Hooper[2] F 18 January 1903 9 July 2016 113 years, 173 days England England
18 Daisy Adams[2] F 30 June 1880 8 December 1993 113 years, 161 days England England
19 Kathleen Snavely[5] F 16 February 1902 6 July 2015 113 years, 140 days Ireland[b] United States
20 Florence Finch[2] F 22 December 1893 10 April 2007 113 years, 109 days England New Zealand
21 Betsy Baker[2] F 20 August 1842 24 October 1955 113 years, 65 days England United States
22 Henry Allingham[3] M 6 June 1896 18 July 2009 113 years, 42 days England England
23 Annie Scott[2] F 15 March 1883 21 April 1996 113 years, 37 days Ireland[b] Scotland
24 Ruby Gilliam[2] F 21 September 1885 22 October 1998 113 years, 31 days England England
25 Alice Sjöquist[1] F 25 October 1878 7 November 1991 113 years, 13 days England Canada
26 Rebecca Hewison[2] F 19 October 1881 22 September 1994 112 years, 338 days England England
27 John Evans[2] M 19 August 1877 10 June 1990 112 years, 295 days Wales Wales
28 Grace Catherine Jones[5][7] F 16 September 1906 7 June 2019 112 years, 264 days England England
29 Henrietta Irwin[5] F 27 May 1906 15 January 2019 112 years, 233 days Ireland[b] Canada
30 Alice Ducat[5] F 8 May 1905 22 December 2017 112 years, 228 days Scotland England
31 Margaret Vivian[5] F 25 February 1906 20 September 2018 112 years, 207 days Scotland Australia
32 Joan Eileen Hocquard[8] F 29 March 1908 Living 112 years, 205 days England England
33 Amelia England[9] F 15 May 1900 30 November 2012 112 years, 199 days England United States
34 Jane Gray[5] F 1 December 1901 7 June 2014 112 years, 188 days Scotland Australia
35 Nellie Bradley[2] F 12 September 1889 11 March 2002 112 years, 180 days England England
Violet Wood[9] F 2 September 1899 29 February 2012 England England
37 Gladys Ivy Hawley[2] F 18 December 1891 28 April 2004 112 years, 132 days England England
38 Annie Butler[5] F 4 June 1897 28 September 2009 112 years, 116 days England England
39 Kathleen McManners[1] F 6 July 1901 20 September 2013 112 years, 76 days England England
40 Dorothy Gwendolyn Payne[10] F 5 August 1907 15 October 2019 112 years, 71 days England England
41 Florence Pittaway[5] F 15 October 1902 21 December 2014 112 years, 67 days England England
42 Robert Weighton [11] M 29 March 1908 28 May 2020 112 years, 60 days England England
43 Mary Ann Hebden[2] F 4 October 1893 30 November 2005 112 years, 57 days England England
44 Edith Ingamells[2] F 12 January 1894 1 March 2006 112 years, 48 days England England
45 Mary Ellen Swan[2] F 24 June 1892 10 August 2004 112 years, 47 days England Canada
46 Alice Stevenson[2] F 10 July 1861 18 August 1973 112 years, 39 days England England
47 Violet Davies-Evans[12] F 30 March 1908 5 May 2020 112 years, 36 days England England
48 Jeanetta Thomas[2] F 2 December 1869 5 January 1982 112 years, 34 days Wales Wales
49 Margaret Fish[13] F 7 March 1899 12 March 2011 112 years, 5 days England England
50 Annie Price[2] F 12 January 1886 26 December 1997 111 years, 348 days Wales England
Sarah Lillian Priest[14] F 7 November 1908 Living 111 years, 348 days Wales England
52 Annie Turnbull[5] F 21 September 1898 3 September 2010 111 years, 347 days Scotland Scotland
Ellen Watson[13] F 3 January 1900 16 December 2011 England England
54 Ellaline Redmond[1] F 20 March 1901 27 February 2013 111 years, 344 days England England
55 Ada Roe[2] F 6 February 1858 11 January 1970 111 years, 339 days England England
56 Eunice Bowman[5] F 23 August 1898 26 July 2010 111 years, 337 days England England
57 Helen Haward[2] F 24 November 1884 23 October 1996 111 years, 334 days England England
58 Katherine Plunket[15] F 22 November 1820 14 October 1932 111 years, 327 days Ireland[b] Ireland
Dorothy Baldwin[5] F 8 February 1902 1 January 2014 England England
60 Mary Ann Fewster[2] F 6 February 1878 26 December 1989 111 years, 323 days England England
61 Florence Pannell[2] F 26 December 1868 20 October 1980 111 years, 299 days England England
Edith Kaufmann[5] F 12 December 1903 7 October 2015 Austria-Hungary[c] England
63 Rose Hart[2] F 20 March 1878 5 January 1990 111 years, 291 days England England
64 Ivy Frampton[5] F 22 November 1903 5 September 2015 111 years, 287 days England England
65 Elsie Steele[6] F 6 January 1899 18 October 2010 111 years, 285 days England England
66 Hilda May Clulow[16] (née Heath)[17] F 15 March 1908 24 December 2019[17] 111 years, 284 days England England
67 John Mosely Turner[2] M 15 June 1856 21 March 1968 111 years, 280 days England England
68 Dorothy Peel[5] F 28 September 1902 24 June 2014 111 years, 269 days England England
69 Gertrude Annie Kingston[18] F 1 February 1909 Living 111 years, 262 days England England
70 Mary "Mollie" Walker, MBE[19] F 5 February 1909 Living 111 years, 258 days Wales England
71 Irene Pearce[9] F 17 May 1900 17 January 2012 111 years, 245 days England United States
Avice Clarke[9] F 5 January 1901 6 September 2012 England United States
73 Daisy Bastin[20] F 3 May 1908 2 January 2020[21] 111 years, 244 days England England
74 Kate Begbie[2] F 9 January 1877 5 September 1988 111 years, 240 days England Scotland
75 Hermione Cock[5] F 1 March 1904 24 October 2015 111 years, 237 days England England
76 Marion Sawyer[1] F 5 July 1901 26 February 2013 111 years, 236 days England United States
77 Louisa Aspland[2] F 5 March 1888 21 October 1999 111 years, 230 days England England
78 Gladys Good[13] F 12 March 1900 24 October 2011 111 years, 226 days England Wales
79 Esther Annenberg[22] F 17 March 1909 Living 111 years, 217 days England England
80 Annie Bannell[2] F 12 February 1882 10 September 1993 111 years, 210 days England England
81 Matilde Coulter[23] F 30 March 1909 Living 111 years, 204 days Italy England
82 Elizabeth Jones[2] F 20 August 1888 10 March 2000 111 years, 203 days England England
83 Jane Webster[24] F 17 April 1906 31 October 2017 111 years, 197 days Ireland[b] England
84 Florence Reeves[2] F 17 February 1894 28 August 2005 111 years, 192 days England England
85 Margaret Cooke[9] F 15 September 1900 18 March 2012 111 years, 185 days England England
86 Victoria Southan[13] F 24 May 1900 22 November 2011 111 years, 182 days England England
87 Florence Deuchar[2] F 18 February 1882 16 August 1993 111 years, 179 days England England
Mabel Frary[2] F 16 September 1892 13 March 2004 England England
Frances Malin[25][26] F 23 March 1906 18 September 2017 England England
90 Annie Knight[2] F 6 June 1895 27 November 2006 111 years, 174 days Scotland Scotland
91 George Frederick Ives[2] M 17 November 1881 12 April 1993 111 years, 146 days England Canada
92 Doris Lilian Cornell[27] F 21 August 1904 11 January 2016 111 years, 143 days England Canada
93 Jerzy Pajaczkowski[28][29] M 19 July 1894 6 December 2005 111 years, 140 days Austria-Hungary[d] England
94 Emmeline Brice[2] F 9 March 1895 26 July 2006 111 years, 139 days England England
95 Aida Mason[2] F 24 September 1895 9 February 2007 111 years, 138 days England England
96 Emily Calvert[2] F 30 August 1893 13 January 2005 111 years, 136 days England England
97 Annie Meston[5] F 12 November 1903 22 March 2015 111 years, 130 days England England
98 Louisa Shephard[5] F 14 September 1898 19 January 2010 111 years, 127 days Wales Wales
Alfred Smith[30][31] M 29 March 1908 3 August 2019 Scotland Scotland
100 Constance Shepherd[2] F 16 February 1893 19 June 2004 111 years, 124 days England England

Biographies[edit]

Betsy Baker[edit]

Betsy Baker (August 20, 1842 – October 24, 1955) was born Betsy Ann Russell in Great Brington, England, emigrated to the United States, settled in Nebraska, and became the world's oldest person.[32] She lived for 65 years in Johnson County, where she was called "the Queen mother of the Johnson County Fair" in 1953. At age 107, she received a congratulations letter from president Harry S. Truman. She was featured upon her 112th birthday in the US Army magazine Stars and Stripes.[32] She died in Tecumseh, aged 113 years and 65 days.[32]

Baker was the first supercentenarian listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person.[32] In 2002, researchers confirmed that she had been the world's oldest living person by modern verification standards for an unknown period of time prior to her death in 1955.[32][33] She was the second well-documented person in the world to have reached the age of 113, after Delina Filkins.[33]

Lucy Jane Askew[edit]

Lucy Jane Askew (8 September 1883 – 9 December 1997) was the oldest person in Europe at the time of her death, aged 114 years and 92 days. She was born in Loughton, Essex, to Arthur George Askew and Susan Elizabeth Askew née Ellis. Her parents were prosperous cartage contractors, cab proprietors, and landowners. She had five siblings, of whom three also lived past 100. Askew lived all her life in Loughton, and never married. She was a devout Christian, attending the Loughton Union Church. She moved into a nursing home at 106 and survived a leg operation at 108. She remained in good health and died peacefully in her sleep. She attributed her longevity to a modest lifestyle.[34][35]

Edith Ingamells[edit]

Edith 'Judy' Ingamells (née Gude; 12 January 1894 – 1 March 2006)[36] was the oldest person in the United Kingdom from December 2005 to March 2006.[37] She was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, to George and Harriet Gude. According to census documents, George worked as a photographer in 1901 and a public caterer in 1911. She moved to Enfield, London, at the beginning of the First World War in 1914, and married Percy Ingamells, a wholesale florist.[38] They had three daughters, born between 1915 and 1925. Ingamells lived in other areas around England, and worked as a milliner before settling back in Enfield in 1990.

Her daughter, Patricia Bull said, at the time of Ingemells' 111th birthday, that the secret of her longevity was to "never look back, always look forward, which she is certainly doing".[39] When serenaded with wartime songs on her 112th birthday, Ingamells responded "I don't like war songs. Who wants to remember something as horrible as the war?".[36] Ingamells died of pneumonia at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield on 1 March 2006, aged 112.[40]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ d'Abreu was born in Dharwar, which was then part of the British Raj. It is now in India.
  2. ^ a b c d e Government of Ireland Act 1920: The whole of the island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom before 1921.
  3. ^ Kaufmann was born in Děčín, then part of Austria-Hungary, now in the Czech Republic.
  4. ^ Pajaczkowski was born in Lwów, a Polish city then called Lemberg and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now called Lviv and part of Ukraine.

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