Farewell to Britain's oldest man

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets to watch the funeral of Henry Allingham, a former Dagenham Ford worker and one of Britain s last remaining World War I veterans. Henry, who was the world s oldest man when he died on July 18 aged 113, was laid to rest

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets to watch the funeral of Henry Allingham, a former Dagenham Ford worker and one of Britain's last remaining World War I veterans.

Henry, who was the world's oldest man when he died on July 18 aged 113, was laid to rest in Brighton last Thursday (July 30).

The former aircraft gunner was buried with full military honours and a fly-past at a service attended by relatives, politicians, and well-wishers.

Henry, who witnessed the Battle of Jutland, was one of only two surviving WWI veterans in the UK. The other veteran, Harry Patch, died on July 25, exactly a week after Henry's death.


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Henry worked at Ford Dagenham from 1935 until his retirement in 1961, mostly as a design engineer.

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