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Elsie May Steele (née Fletcher; 6 January 1899 – 18 October 2010) was, at age 111 years, 285 days, the oldest

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person in the United Kingdom and the oldest person in England following the death of 111-year-old Annie Turnbull on 3 September 2010.

Steele was born at Midway near Swadlincote as one of nine children born to Joseph and Bertha Fletcher. After leaving school at 13, she worked as a housekeeper in Leicester. She married her first husband Reginald Hackett in 1920, and had two children; Trevor Hackett (deceased), and Beryl Fairbrother. Steele later worked in a munitions factory in near Burton-upon-Trent. When she was 69 years old, she married her second husband Wallace Steele.

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