Saturday, June 6, 2009


Henry Allingham of Ovingdean, Sussex, has been busy this year:
  • On March 29th, he outlived Welshman John Evans (d. 1990), making him - at 112 years and 296 days - the oldest British man to ever live.
  • On April 30th, he was granted the freedom of the city of Brighton and Hove, an award that honored him for his time and effort in speaking to schoolchildren about his life and wartime experience.
  • On May 22nd, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering at Warsash Maritime Academy for his contributions to Europe and its Allies during two world wars and his charity work benefiting servicemen and women.
  • And today, June 6th, he attained the grand age of 113, his life having spanned 3 centuries and 6 monarchs and his offspring including 5 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.
Just before his birthday, Allingham said, "I'm looking forward to becoming a teenager again."

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