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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 8:30    Onderwerp: Henry Allingham overleden Reageer met quote

Henry Allingham, één van de laatste vijf Britse oorlogsveteranen, is op 113 jarige leeftijd overleden.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8157128.stm
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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 14:52    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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Oudste man ter wereld (113) overleden 18-07-09

De oudste man ter wereld, de 113-jarige Brit Henry Allingham, is vanochtend overleden. Hij stierf in zijn slaap in een Brits verzorgingstehuis voor blinde veteranen in de buurt van de zuidelijke havenstad Brighton. Dat hebben Britse media gemeld.

Allingham was al sinds januari 2007 de oudste man van Groot-Brittannië. Hij verwierf de titel oudste man ter wereld, toen zijn voorganger, de Japanner Tomoji Tanabe, vorige maand op eveneens 113-jarige leeftijd overleed.

Hij grapte toen, dat hij zijn lange leven aan sigaretten, whisky en wilde vrouwen te danken had. Daar voegde hij wel op serieuze toon aan toe dat "op jezelf passen en je grenzen kennen" de sleutel bieden tot een lang leven.

Allingham was een van de twee laatste Britse veteranen uit de Eerste Wereldoorlog die nog leefden. Hij was ook de laatste nog levende oprichter van de RAF, de Britse koninklijke luchtmacht.

Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werkte hij aan een verdediging tegen magnetische mijnen. In latere jaren werd hij een bekende veteraan, die onder meer met een autobiografie de herinnering levend hield aan de gevallenen van de Eerste Wereldoorlog.

Zijn vrouw en hun twee kinderen zijn al eerder overleden. Allingham laat vijf kleinkinderen, twaalf achterkleinkinderen, veertien achter-achterkleinkinderen en een achter-achter-achterkleinkind na.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 16:47    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote






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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 19:20    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

nog wat filmpjes:

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En tot slot de laatste 11 november met 3 oud strijders.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 22:09    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Ontzettend jammer. Zo wil ik het noemen.
Maar zo is het leven. Gelukkig is hij de laatste tijd vaak genoeg geinterviewd en hebben wij via hem mooie beelden van de WO-1 verkregen.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 22:39    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Dit is het leven. Hij heeft het ongelooflijk lang volgehouden. Moge hij in vrede rusten.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Jul 2009 23:33    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Zijn gezegende leeftijd had hij naar eigen zeggen te danken aan:
Sigaretten, whisky en wilde vrouwen!
Het ga je goed, man!
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BerichtGeplaatst: 19 Jul 2009 7:18    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Henry Allingham: haunted by the Great War
Air mechanic Henry Allingham, who died on Saturday morning, was the world's oldest man and probably the last survivor of both the Battle of Juland and the Royal Naval Air Service.

He was haunted by a nightmare memory of falling into a trench on the Western Front.

With a clear mind, even as he reached his 113th birthday, he could recall the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Wright brothers' first flight two years later and seeing WG Grace bat sometime between 2003 and 2006, though he could not remember how many runs Grace scored.

His experience of the trenches came was when he was looking for the remains of aircraft that had been shot down.

"We were moving forward at night," he would recall. "I was very apprehensive. It was dark. One of those nights you got where the night time seems to surround you. There were booby traps everywhere."

Suddenly his foothold gave way: "I fell into a shell hole. It was full of arms, legs, ears, dead rats – a lot of dead, rotten flesh. I was up to my armpits in water. I can't describe the smell flesh and mud mixed up together.

"I turned to my left, and that's what saved me. It got shallower to the left, and I was able to lift myself out of the water. I lay there in the dark, not daring to move, cold and with my uniform stinking. I was frightened. I was scared. I was so relieved when it finally got light and I could move."

Despite such a gruesome experience, Allingham counted himself fortunate: "I think I had an angel hanging over my shoulders. I still do, I hope."

Henry Allingham was born on June 6 1896 at Clapham, South London. His father died when he was 14 months old, and his mother and grandparents brought him up.

He attended the London County Council School in South Lambert Road, which he left to become a trainee surgical instrument-maker at St Bartholomew's Hospital. However, the work was uninteresting, and he soon moved to a coachbuilder specialising in car bodies for Foden and Scammel.

Allingham tried to enlist on August 3 1914. But when he turned up at the Royal Engineers' recruiting office in Piccadilly, desperate to be a dispatch rider, he found 200 other men in a queue in front of him. Even though he had his own Triumph motorbike, he was told there was no chance.

His mother's illness persuaded to him to stay at home for a few more months, but after she died, he saw a plane over Chingford, and thought: "That's for me".

Joining the Royal Naval Air Service, he was rated Mechanic First Class on September 21 1915, and sent to Sheerness to complete his training with 14 other recruits, who included two Australians, a New Zealander and an American.

Stationed for two years at Great Yarmouth, Allingham maintained seaplanes, but frequently cadged rides in aircraft, occasionally sitting in the navigator's seat on fights over the North Sea.

Later, at Bacton, Norfolk, he lit flares to make landing strips for night fighters which were hunting German airships. Among the pilots whom Allingham remembered with great affection were Lieutenant Egbert Cadbury, DSC, DFC, and his commanding officers

Lieutenant-Commander Wyndor de Courcy Ireland and Lieutenant-Commander Douglas "Snakey" Oliver.

He recalled watching Oliver win the DSO in June 1916 for his single-handed attack on German cruisers which were shelling Great Yarmouth; on another occasion, he helped Christopher Wood tie himself into a BE2c so that he could loop the first loop.

Allingham was disappointed when King George V, on a visit to the station, spoke to several sailors but never got to him in the line.

He undertook several patrols in seaplane tenders which each carried a Tabloid, a small aircraft Tommy Sopwith had designed to win the Schneider trophy race in 1914. In naval service, the Tabloid had a detachable rear fuselage which Allingham had to assemble before hoisting out the aircraft on a derrick for take-off.

On patrols Allingham preferred the paddle steamer Brocklesbury which had better accommodation than the trawlers, where the bunks were in the fish-hold. On May 31 1916, he was in the armed trawler Kingfisher, whose seaplane was shadowing the German High Seas Fleet.

His memories were of British Dreadnoughts steaming past with their huge bow-waves, followed by the whole fleet, line astern. The shells from the Germans came straight for the ship, but they bounced right over the top "like ducks-and-drakes."

Allingham was not aware that he had taken part in an epic sea battle until Kingfisher returned to Great Yarmouth, where he heard the vicar offer a prayer of thanks for the "great victory of Jutland".

In June 1917 he helped form 12 Naval Air Squadron, flying Sopwith Pups, Triplanes and Camels, and was sent to France as reinforcements for the Western Front. 12 NAS was a training squadron, based at Petit Synthe, which in November became involved in operations over Passchendaele, the third major offensive of Ypres. He remembered "dotting around places like Hellfire Corner, Plugstreet [Ploegstert] and Pop [Poperinghe] looking for the remains of aircraft that had been shot down."

It was on one of these visits to the trenches that he fell into a shell hole at night.

Transferring to the RAF when it was formed on April 1 1918, Allingham was demobilised in 1919, and then went to work for Ford until his retirement. During the Second World War, this was a reserved occupation.

He tried to forget his wartime memories, never going to reunions or joining old comrades' associations until 2003, when he was asked to lead the parade at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph.

As a concession to his age he was allowed to ride down Whitehall in an open-top 1911 Austin car at the head of the former servicemen and women who marched silently past the monument to the Glorious Dead. He was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur to add to his 1918 Victory and 1914-1918 campaign medals.

Wearing what had become his trademark crimson bow tie the following year, Allingham was applauded by the crowd as he insisted on standing to place a wreath, with only a little help from his escort.

He also crossed the Channel for the first time in 85 years to unveil a memorial to those who fell on the 90th anniversary of the war that was supposed to end all wars.

"I never went back," he said. "I wanted to forget it. I did forget. But, of course, there are some things you can never forget. The veterans' association asked me if I would go back. I didn't want to show any disrespect to my old pals. I had to go for them." He was presented with a gold medal and the freedom of St Omer.

Henry Allingham outlived his wife Dorothy, a nurse whom he met while he was in hospital with a cracked rib at Yarmmouth during the first war and their two daughters; his grandchildren tried to persuade him to move to Unite States, but he insisted on remaining in his flat tidy overlooking the front at Eastbourne, saying "I love England".

He would attribute his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women" then add that there had only been one woman for him – his beloved wife, who died in 1970.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 19 Jul 2009 8:40    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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BerichtGeplaatst: 26 Jul 2009 16:57    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Tribute to 'Our Henry', Henry Allingham 1896 - 2009


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Date: 20 July 2009
By Ian Lucas
When Henry Allingham was asked how he wanted to be remembered, he replied "I don't, I want to be forgotten. Remember the others".
That was the measure of the man.

Henry Allingham died in his sleep on Saturday morning aged 113, and for the last month of his life he was formally recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world.

Henry spent 46 years of his long life as an Eastbourne resident, and was a truly remarkable man. In 2006, while I was Leader of Eastbourne Council, I was privileged to propose Henry as a Freeman of the Borough of Eastbourne. This was seconded by the leader of the opposition at the time, David Tutt, now Leader of the Council, and it received unanimous backing.

In terms of all the honours Henry achieved, it might be seen by some as ranking fairly low down the list, but nonetheless it is the greatest award a Borough Council can confer upon a citizen, and as such I know that Henry greatly treasured the title.

At the award ceremony he managed to rise to his feet to accept the award, and he made a short speech saying how much he loved the town, and how 'Eastbourne had always been very good to him'! It was said that many years ago he considered moving to the states with several of his family, but preferred to remain in his Eastbourne flat, saying 'I love England too much'!

Later in 2006 he moved to St Dunstans near Brighton as his eyesight was failing, but he continued to visit the town regularly and go to schools and local community groups to talk to them about his experiences and to educate younger generations about the tragedy of war.

He would often visit the Airbourne show and was always treated as a VIP by the RAF, of which he was an original member (and was guest of honour at their 90th anniversary celebrations last year).

I remember him attending one of his birthday celebrations at the Town Hall (I think it was his 110th), and following that he went, with media pack in pursuit through the streets of Eastbourne to Holy Trinity Church to talk to a group about his experiences.
Henry didn't miss an opportunity to tell people to remember the fallen; he considered himself simply a lucky survivor. He was truly a gentleman, and a hero. Eastbourne can be proud of having him as a resident.

Only last week in this column I raised the issue of awarding him a knighthood. I think an opportunity was missed earlier this year when it didn't happen, so many people were looking for ways for this to have happened for the next round at New Year.

Sadly, Henry now won't see that day, but in last weeks column I was delighted when Henry's grandson, Tim Gray wrote in the comments section (from Grand Rapids Michigan, USA), to say that "…Henry has spent the last years of his life trying to keep the memory of all the soldiers who died in the service of their country alive , and trying to educate the younger generation on the horrors of war and the harsh conditions that were endured during a time that can now only be read about in books'.

With his tongue firmly in his cheek Henry used to say that the secret of a long life was 'Cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women!'. Then he would follow it up to say that actually there had only been one woman for him, his wife, who died in 1970.

There are now just two surviving British veterans of WW1, one in Australia and Harry Patch, who lives in Somerset (aged 111).

The Queen and the Prime Minister led the tributes over the weekend to this remarkable man. But there is another who is worthy of special mention, Dennis Goodwin, and his wife Brenda. Dennis is the President of the WW1 Veterans Association, and but for him Henry wouldn't have been able to do anything like the amount he accomplished in the last few years, with Dennis transporting him everywhere. He himself is a loyal servant to the cause and a worthy recipient of the OBE he received in the New Year Honours list this year.

Henry Allingham was the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, and last year on Armistice Day it was immensely moving to see him at the Cenotaph in Whitehall putting his wreath down next to the Prime Minister's and the Queen's, as the clock struck 11am. Henry was clearly still visibly moved by the memory, and clung onto the wreath as though he was still clinging on to the friends and memories it represented.

It was an honour to have met Henry on many occasions of the last few years, and I am sure all can agree this hero now deserves to rest in peace.

Have a great week, friends.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2009 8:21    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Jaw, Jaw, Jaw!
Churchill's famous saying - "Jaw, jaw, jaw is better than war, war war" clever juxtaposition of words - he was always good at that - and he certainly knew what he was talking about regarding war. In fact it does seem that war, killing, death, and allied subjects, brings out the best in our poets. I think of Auden's "Stop the clocks", Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gently", John Donne's "Death be not proud" - and a host of war poets who's words strike deep into our hearts.

Well I think there is another one we can add to our list of heart-rending poetry regarding the terrible suffering of war.
Yesterday Henry Allingham, aged 113, with Harry Patch (who also died this week) probably the only surviving soldiers from the first World War (1914-1918), was buried with full military honours in a fourteenth century Brighton church. His coffin was carried by pall bearers from the armed forces and the American side of his family (his daughter, now dead, was a GI bride) follwed carrying his medals and decorations. And for the occasion, Carol Ann Duffy, our new Poet Laureate, composed a poem "Last Post". I think it is brilliant. So many poems penned by our Poets Laureate for special occasions are laboured and turgid. Duffy takes the idea of running time backwards "If poetry could truly tell it backwards, then it would." I find it a very moving poem.

Some may see the whole thing as a glorification of war. We have recently had a 1940's week end here in our little market town - all tied in with the Wensleydale Railway. Men and women dressed up in 40's uniforms, costumes, turbans and aprons went about the town all weekend and local cafes served wartime menus (spam fritters and chips). Yet some in the town felt it was wrong - that it glorified war and we should put it behind us not shout about it.

It is this awful dilemma isn't it? I wrote about it a few blogs ago - fighting for territory, regardless of the loss of life, seems to be inherent in us. And re-enacting those days is, in one way, glorifying war but in another way it is celebrating how we all pulled together in spite of the war. I think I shall sit in the middle on this one as I can see both points of view.
Erica Wagner in The Times gives a good criticism of Duffy's poem - saying "the mud of Flanders Fields clings still" and that Duffy's poem aspires to "a kind of salvation."

I find it sad that Henry Allingham's other daughter, aged 89, to whom he hadn't spoken for forty years, paid her respects at his funeral. We have not taken Churchill's words to heart, have we - not even in small family feuds, let alone in the big ones.
Do try to read Duffy's poem. I'm sure you will be moved by it

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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2009 8:22    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Last Post by Carol Ann Duffy – Poet Laureate.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin
that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud . . .
but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood
run upwards from the slime into its wounds;
see lines and lines of British boys rewind
back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home —
mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers
not entering the story now
to die and die and die.
Dulce — No — Decorum — No — Pro patria mori.
You walk away.
You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)
like all your mates do too —
Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert —
and light a cigarette.
There’s coffee in the square,
warm French bread
and all those thousands dead
are shaking dried mud from their hair
and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,
a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released
from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.
You lean against a wall,
your several million lives still possible
and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.
You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.
If poetry could truly tell it backwards,
then it would.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2009 8:25    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Er zijn enorm veel artikelen verschenen teveel om hier te quoten:

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BRIGHTON, England — Henry Allingham understood the cost of war in his heart, his guts and his bones — and made it his mission to share that knowledge.

It seems he succeeded.

Politicians, military chiefs, a large extended family and hundreds of respectful strangers bade farewell Thursday to Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of Britain's last survivors of World War I.

Allingham, who died July 18 at 113, was a modest man who earned a place in history, and spent his final years reminding younger generations of the futility of war.

"No man who knows war wants war again," he would later write.

Allingham was the last founding member of the Royal Air Force and one of a handful of remaining veterans of what was once called The Great War. He wanted the dead to be remembered, and honored forever.

Royal Navy Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns told several hundred mourners at St. Nicholas' Church in Brighton, southern England, that Allingham "blew the dust off the history books for us, gave us an insight into our heritage and reminded us of our roots and those who have gone before us."

"We owe him a great debt of gratitude," Johns said.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the medieval church and broke into applause as Allingham's coffin, draped in a red-white-and-blue Union flag and topped with red roses, was carried into the church by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pallbearers.

His medals and decorations were borne by his great-grandsons Brent Gray and Michael Gray, both petty officers in the U.S. Navy.

"This gentleman sacrificed a lot of his life for the benefit of the people of the U.K. I wanted to be here today to acknowledge that," said Eric James, 85. "I wanted to be part of the service to ensure that his relatives know that his sacrifices during the First World War were not in vain."

In old age, Allingham and the dwindling band of survivors of the war that wiped out much of a generation increasingly served as Britain's conscience, appearing at memorial events and reminding young people of the true cost of combat.

"I want everyone to know," Allingham told The Associated Press during an interview in November. "They died for us."

The Rev. Martin Morgan, chaplain of the St. Dunstan's care home where Allingham lived his final years, told mourners that Allingham should not be celebrated for his longevity but for making the world a better place.

"Neither the time of his birth nor the time of his death were chosen by Henry," he said. "What he needs to be honored for is that he chose to be a kind man, a man of honor, a man of wisdom, a man who chose to be the kind of man children would listen to with rapt attention."

As the coffin was carried out of the church, Royal Marines buglers sounded the "Last Post," and replica World War I aircraft flew past as the bell of the Anglican church tolled 113 times — one for each year of his life.

Allingham's grandson, David Gray of Empire, Michigan — one of several family members from the United States at the funeral — said he had been "overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and the crowd."

"I hope that everyone views today as a celebration of Henry's life. He was a man who did so much to further people's understanding of the sacrifice of his generation," Gray said.

Allingham served during the 1914-1918 war with the Royal Naval Air Service and then with the RAF, which was founded in 1918. He was an aircraft mechanic and an observer and gunner, taking to the skies in flimsy planes that were little more than motorized kites made with wood, linen and wire.

He fought in the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of World War I, and served on the Western Front. He was wounded in the arm by shrapnel during an attack on an aircraft depot.

After the war, he worked at the Ford motor factory in Dagenham and raised two children with his wife, Dorothy. She died in 1970.

Last year, Allingham joined Harry Patch, Britain's last surviving World War I soldier, and Bill Stone, a naval veteran of the conflict, in a ceremony at London's Cenotaph war memorial to mark the 90th anniversary of the war's end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Tears flowed as the three frail men in wheelchairs laid wreaths of red poppies at the base of the stone monument.

Stone died in January and Patch, the last survivor of the World War I trenches, died Saturday at 111.

A modest man, Allingham felt uncomfortable with the attention he received.

"I have always said that it was the men in the trenches that suffered; it was the men in the trenches who in my view won the war," Allingham once said. "So I don't think I deserve all this attention. Other men did so much more than me."

The world's oldest man is now Walter Breuning, 112, of Great Falls, Montana.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 23 Mei 2010 11:56    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Tree honour for Sussex war veteran Henry Allingham
Sunday, 23 May 2010 10:47 UK

A tree has been planted and a plaque unveiled in memory of the late Henry Allingham, who was one of Britain's last World War I veterans.

Eastbourne Borough Council planted the Austrian pine at the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum.

Mr Allingham was the world's oldest man when he died last July, aged 113.

The veteran lived in Eastbourne for 40 years before moving to st Dunstans care home in Ovingdean for the last years of his life.

The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Eastbourne Carolyn Heaps alongside Dennis Goodwin, who chairs the First World War Veterans' Association.

'War hero'

It reads: 'Henry Allingham, 6th June 1896 - 18th July 2009, A revered gentleman.'

Cllr Steve Wallis said: "Henry Allingham was not only a war hero, but a resident and friend of Eastbourne.

"He was an inspiration to many and it is fitting we remember this fine gentleman in this way."

Mr Allingham joined the Royal Navy Air Service in September 1915 before transferring to the RAF in April 1918.

He became Britain's oldest ever man in March 2009 when he reached 112 years and 296 days, surpassing Welshman John Evans who died in 1990.

Hundreds lined the streets of Brighton to watch his funeral on 30 July 2009 where guests included the Duchess of Gloucester and senior figures from the Royal Navy and the Air Force.

Mr Allingham was buried with full military honours.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/sussex/8699212.stm
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