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Claude Stanley Choules (3 March 1901 – 5 May 2011) was the last World War I combat veteran, and the last
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military witness to the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow. He was also the last veteran to have served in both world wars, and the last seaman from the First World War. At the time of his death, he was also the third oldest verified military veteran in the world and the oldest known living man in Australia. He was the seventh-oldest living man in the world. Choules became the oldest man born in the United Kingdom following the death of Stanley Lucas on 21 June 2010. Choules died in Perth, Western Australia, at the age of 110. He had been the oldest British-born man; following his death, that honour went to the Reverend Reg Dean (1902–2013). In December 2011, the landing ship HMAS Choules was named after him, only the second Australian Navy vessel named after a sailor.
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