As subtle as a flying brick.

Cigarrettes, whisky and wild, wild women.

Henry Allingham, the world’s oldest man, has died aged 113.

Henry Allingham, 1916

Henry Allingham, 1916

Born in 1896, Mr. Allingham became a teenager for the second time last month. He was a veteran of the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

A poignant memory from WWI: “The scenes he witnessed of soldiers waiting to go over the top at Ypres have stayed with him ever since. “They would just stand there in 2ft of water in mud-filled trenches, waiting to go forward,” he said. “They knew what was coming. It was pathetic to see those men like that. I don’t think they have ever got the admiration and respect they deserved.”

His face is a living memorial to the First World War, his solemnity a warning that the sacrifice of the fallen should never be forgotten.

His face is a living memorial to the First World War, his solemnity a warning that the sacrifice of the fallen should never be forgotten.

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