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Obituary: Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War I, dies aged 110

Florence Green, the last surviving veteran of the First World War, has died at the age of 110. She died in a care home in Norfolk just over a week before she was due to celebrate her 111th birthday, bringing to an end a chapter of British history.

Just 17 when she signed up with the Women’s Royal Air Force in 1918, Florence Green served as an officers’ mess steward at RAF Marham. She signed up just two months before the war ended. When Claude Choules died in May 2011, Florence Green was left as the last surviving veteran of the conflict.

As well as being the last surviving World War I veteran, Florence Green was believed to be the sixth oldest person in the UK. She was looked after by her 90-year-old daughter May until she went into a care home towards the end of 2011, which is where she died on Saturday morning.

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