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World's Oldest Living Man

Henry Allingham of Britain


A founding member of Britain's Royal Air Force, Henry Allingham became the world's oldest living man on June 19, 2009, following the death of Tooji Tanabi.
Henry Allingham, World's Oldest Living Man

Henry Allingham, World's Oldest Man

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Born in 1895, Allingham had the distinction of being Britain's only living veteran of both World Wars. He laughingly describes his great age to a love of "cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women."

Allingham's father died when he was a baby, and his mother tried to talk him out of serving in the military.

A familiar face at festivities to honor war veterans, Allingham describes himself as a pacifist. "War is stupid," he told the BBC. "Nobody wins. You might as well talk first, you have to talk last anyway."

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