09 February 2012
The world's last known surviving First World War service member has died aged 110.Florence Green died in her sleep at Briar House
The world's last known surviving First World War service member has died aged 110.
Florence Green died in her sleep at Briar House care home in King's Lynn, Norfolk, last Saturday 4 February, just two weeks before her 111th birthday on 19 February. She was believed to be the last person alive who served in the war.
Florence Green, a great-grandmother, joined the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) as a 17-year-old in September 1918, two months before the end of the war, and served as an officer’s mess steward at Narborough Airfield and RAF Marham, both in Norfolk, until July 1919.
Born Florence Beatrice Patterson, her service was only officially recognised in 2010, after a researcher unearthed her records at The National Archives. Find out more here.
The world's last known combat veteran of the First World War, Claude Choules, died in Australia aged 110 in May 2011.