Last surviving World War One veterans

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Last surviving World War One veterans

Post  HelenaD on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:59 pm

In WWI so many men gave up their lives to go fight for their nation against other ones. It was in difficult and horrible conditions that they fought it and going away from their families was hard too. They fought in trenches , which were very small holes dug into the ground, in order to be hidden form the enemy and protect themselves. Most lived in there for years until war was over. When men chose or sometimes were even forced to serve for the army, they pretty much knew it was the end for them. Most had little chance of survival ; many died, got severe injuries but some survived and after many years returned to normal life.

Many veterans form the WWI survived until not long ago. The last one alive died a couple of years ago. Most of those died at a 100 to 111 years old. There were many from different countries, allies or blocks and they each have had fascinating stories. I was also surprised to know many of them were also women, which the last one alive was.

This is a list of some of the last surviving World War I veterans:

Austrian Empire - August Bischof (4 March 2006) (105 years)

Australia - John Campbell Ross (3 June 2009) (110 years)
 
Belgium - Cyrillus-Camillus Barbary (16 September 2004) (105 years)
 
Brazil - Waldemar Levy Cardoso (13 May 2009) (108 years)

Canada -John Babcock (18 February 2010) (109 years)

Czechoslovakian Legions - Alois Vocásek (9 August 2003) (107 years)
 
France - Pierre Picault (20 November 2008) (109 years)
 
German Empire - Erich Kästner (1 January 2008) (107 years)

Hungarian Kingdom - Franz Künstler (27 May 2008) (107 years)
 
Indian Empire - Robert Francis Ruttledge (12 January 2002) (103 years)
 
Italy - Delfino Borroni (26 October 2008) (110 years)

Japan - Masaichi Niimi (2 April 1993) (106 years)

AND MANY OTHERS...!


Here is some of the history of the most known and famous ones:

Florence Green : Her death date was on February 2012 at 110 years old. She was from the United kingdom and during the war she joined the Women's Royal Air Force when she was 17. She worked as a mess steward. At the time of her death, she had a son, two daughters, four grandchildren and seven great-grand children !

Stanisław Wycech : His death date was on July 1902 at 105 years old. From Polish, he was underage when he enlisted in the Polish Military Organization at 15 years old. He worked and helped at disarming German troops in 1918 and took part also in the Polish-Soviet War.

Waldemar Levy Cardoso: His death date was on May 13 of 2009 at 108 years old. He was a brazilian veteran. He is thought of a World War I-era veteran because he graduated form military college in 1918, even though he did not see combat action. He fought in his country in The Brazilian Revolution of 1930…as well as serving in the Italy side as commander of an Artillery battalion during WW II.

Pierre Picault: Death date was at 109, on the 20th of November 2008. He is France's last surviving veteran and eldest man. He served as second-class gunner in the French army 83rd artillery. He is unfortunately not recognized by the french government because he served less then three months in the trenches.

QUESTION: Do you think all of the people who have fought in WWI should be honored, thanked and celebrated for their actions?

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Post  Brock M. Hay on Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:16 pm


It was a pity that so many people gave their lives to the war, and how they lived in such conditions, and they should be honored. However the war itself is nothing close to a courageous honor, there was absolutely no point to it! Nations were merely becoming too nationalistic and competitive and competition soon turned into conflict, hate, and then suffering. It was quite foolish of the governments and it should have never even happened. Now, I am no hippie who argues against absolutely any war, some are necessary for protection and justice such as World War two. However so many wars are pointless that its silly, just take Iraq for example.
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Post  AnaMartinez on Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:35 pm

QUESTION: Do you think all of the people who have fought in WWI should be honored, thanked and celebrated for their actions?

Yes, I do think that all of the people who fought in World War 1 should be honored, thanked, and celebrated. They should be honored in their own country because I don't think that the people who they fought against are going to celebrate and thank them for causing them destruction. Although, the people who have fought and died for their country should definitely be honored because they gave their life for their country. But, like Brock said, the war was pointless and it's a pity that so many lives were lost for this war.
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