List of last surviving World War I veterans by country

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This is a list of the last surviving World War I veterans by country. The last living veteran of World War I (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918) was Florence Green, a British citizen who served in the Allied armed forces, and who died 4 February 2012, aged 110.[1] The last combat veteran was Claude Choules who served in the British Royal Navy (and later the Royal Australian Navy) and died 5 May 2011, aged 110.[2] The last veteran who served in the trenches was Harry Patch (British Army) who died on 25 July 2009, aged 111. The last Central Powers veteran, Franz Künstler of Austria-Hungary, died on 27 May 2008 at the age of 107.

The total number of participating personnel is estimated by the Encyclopædia Britannica at 65,038,810. There were approximately 9,750,103 military deaths during the conflict.

Veterans, for this purpose, are defined as people who were members of the armed forces of one of the combatant nations up to and including the date of the Armistice. This policy may vary from the policy in actual use in some countries.


Country Name Death date Age
 Armenia[3] Senekerim Arakelian[4] 9 September 2000 98 years
 Austrian Empire[5] August Bischof[6] 4 March 2006 105 years
 Australia[7] John Campbell Ross[8] 3 June 2009 110 years
 Belgium Cyriel Barbary[9] 16 September 2004 105 years
 Brazil Waldemar Levy Cardoso 13 May 2009 108 years
 Canada John Babcock[10] 18 February 2010 109 years
 China Zhu Guisheng[11] 5 March 2002 106 years
 Czechoslovakian Legions[3] Alois Vocásek[12] 9 August 2003 107 years
France Pierre Picault[13][14] 20 November 2008 109 years
 German Empire Erich Kästner[15] 1 January 2008 107 years
 The Hejaz[3]
 Hungarian Kingdom[5] Franz Künstler[16] 27 May 2008 107 years
 Indian Empire[7] Robert Francis Ruttledge[17] 12 January 2002 103 years
 Italy Delfino Borroni[18] 26 October 2008 110 years
 Japan Matsuda Chiaki 6 November 1995 99 years
 Montenegro Danilo Dajković[19] 14 September 1993 98 years
 Newfoundland[7] Wallace Pike[20] 11 April 1999 99 years
 New Zealand[7] Bright Williams[21] 13 February 2003 105 years
 Ottoman Empire Yakup Satar[22] 2 April 2008 110 years
 Polish forces[3] Stanisław Wycech[23] 12 January 2008 105 years
 Portugal José Ladeira[24] 5 May 2003 107 years
 Romania Gheorghe Pănculescu[25] 9 January 2007 103 years
 Russian Empire Mikhail Krichevsky[26][27] 26 December 2008 111 years
 Serbia Aleksa Radovanović[28] 22 June 2004 103 years
 Siam Yod Sangrungruang[29] 9 October 2003 106 years
 South Africa[7] Norman Kark[30][31] March 2000 102 years
 United Kingdom Florence Green[32] 4 February 2012 110 years
 United States Frank Buckles[33] 27 February 2011 110 years

See also


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