World War I veteran, Australia’s oldest man, Claude Choules dies at 110

WA’s national treasure Claude Choules, Australia’s oldest man and the world’s last surviving World War I veteran, has died in Perth aged 110.

Mr Choules was a man who made the best of life and devoted himself to his family and country.

His fighting spirit helped him survive two world wars, and also live long enough to become the oldest man in WA and the last World War I veteran living in Australia.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard paid tribute to the WA war hero, saying Mr Choules and his generation made a sacrifice for Australia’s freedom and liberty that would never be forgetten.

Mr Choules’ achievements and longevity won him a starring role in a British documentary watched by millions.

But for Mr Choules, the mounting milestones and media interest from around the world in his later years increasingly paled in comparison to the importance of family.

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