Florence Green, last surviving WWI veteran, dies

Florence Green, the world’s last known veteran of the First World War, passed away at the age of 110, according to the Associated Press.

Briar House Care Home, where Green lived in King’s Lynn, England, broke the news on Tuesday. She reportedly died on Saturday, two weeks before she would have turned 111.

Green joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918, at the age of 17, said the AP. She worked as a waitress in the officers’ mess in Marham and Narborough, and was still serving when the war ended.

The BBC said, the world’s last surviving combat veteran of World War I was Claude Choules, who passed away in May 2011, aged 110.

Speaking to the BBC at an earlier time, Green had said she served breakfast, lunch and tea. The administrator at Briar House, Sue Bray, said, “She really was a lovely lady. Everyone thought a lot of her. She will be sadly missed.”

Green’s daughter May said, “She so nearly made it to her 111th birthday. It is very sad. We are grateful for all the nice tributes,” according to The Telegraph.

The WRAF had women undertake jobs such as driving, cooking and office work in order to free up men for active duty, according to the BBC.

When interviewed previously, Green had said, “I enjoyed my time in the WRAF. There were plenty of people at the airfields where I worked and they were all very good company. I would work every hour God sent but I had dozens of friends on the base and we had a great deal of fun in our spare time. In many ways I had the time of my life. I met dozens of pilots and would go on dates. I had the opportunity to go up in one of the planes but I was scared of flying. It was a lovely experience and I'm very proud.”

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