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Veterans of World War I who died in 2005

The following is a list of known veterans of the First World War (28 July 191411 November 1918) who died in 2005.

Veterans by country of service - 96 veterans

Australia (4 veterans)

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Allan, William Evan Crawford Able Seaman, Royal Australian Navy 24 Jul 1899 17 Oct 2005 (106) Served aboard HMAS Encounter. See entry.
Bennion, Gilbert Edward Corporal, 5th Reinforcements, Australian Imperial Force 1 Oct 1898 27 Jan 2005 (106) Non combat. Enlisted August 1918, still in training when war ended.
Casserly, Peter Private, 2nd, 5th & 16th Railway Transport Units, Australian Imperial Force 28 Jan 1898 24 Jun 2005 (107) Last Australian combat veteran. Enlisted 1917 and served as a railwayman and a sapper at Ypres, Armentieres and Amiens. See entry.
McCoy, Kara Moser Nurse, ANZAC Corps 15 Aug 1898 17 Jan 2005 (106) Born England, died California. Last known female veteran of the Australian armed forces. Enlisted underage in 1914, and served on hospital ships tending the wounded on their long sea voyages home.

Austria-Hungary (5 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Gillarduzzi, Teofilo 6 Jun 1899 11 Nov 2005 (106) Born in Trentino, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914-18, but later part of Italy.
Karwowski, Franciszek 10 Dec 1895 12 Apr 2005 (109) Ethnic Pole. Also a veteran of the Polish-Bolveshik War (1919-1920) and WWII, in which he fought for both the German Wehrmacht and the Russian Red Army.
Marek, Karol 1900 7 Feb 2005 (105) Ethnic Pole.
Pajaczkowski, Jerzy Casimir 19 Jul 1894 6 Dec 2005 (111) Ethnic Pole. Conscripted 1914. Fought as a sergeant on the Italian Front. Captured by the Italians at the end of the war. Joined the Polish army afterwards reaching the rank of Colonel. Died in the UK. See entry.
Skabar, Tony 18 Oct 1900 17 Dec 2005 (105) Born in Ukraine, died in Canada.

Canada (3 veterans)

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Gionet, Lazare Private, Canadian Army 6 Aug 1896 1 Apr 2005 (108) Non combat. Enlisted 1916, but did not serve overseas.
Laking, Clarence (Clare) Private, 27th Battery, 4th Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Force 21 Feb 1899 26 Nov 2005 (106) Last Canadian combat veteran. Enlisted 1916. Served as a signaller on the Western Front. See entry.
Procter, William (Duke) Private, 172nd Battalion (Rocky Mountain Rangers), Canadian Expeditionary Force 18 Aug 1899 14 Dec 2005 (106) Non combat. Served in England, cutting timber. See entry.

France (8 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Binet, Charles Marie Nicolas 16 Sep 1896 2 Feb 2005 (108)
Boucaud, Claude-Marie 12 Aug 1895 17 May 2005 (109) Conscripted 1914. Fought with the 133e RI de Bellay at Mont Curlu (wounded) and Chemin des Dames.
Debry, André Léon Alphonse 15 Jun 1898 31 Aug 2005 (107) Conscripted into the artillery in 1917. Fought in the Aisne and Picardie offensives of 1918. See entry.
Lavrand, André Jean 10 Oct 1900 28 Sep 2005 (104) Conscripted 1918.
Moreau, René Marie-Martial 8 Sep 1897 26 Oct 2005 (108) Conscripted 1916. Officer cadet, 121e RA. Last survivor of the Battle of Verdun. Awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery.
Navarre, Léon 2 Aug 1899 25 Apr 2005 (105) Conscripted 1917 into the artillery.
Piton, Albert 12 Oct 1898 13 Jan 2005 (106) Joined the 2eme RA in 1917, wounded 1918.
Tendil, Alexis 12 Aug 1896 5 Oct 2005 (109) Radio operator with the 8e Engineering Regiment. See entry.

Germany (11 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Börker, Friedrich 11 Jul 1900 21 Oct 2005 (105)
Carl, Josef 29 Oct 1899 10 Nov 2005 (106) Fought with the infantry in Poland
Dörnemann, Hermann 27 May 1893 2 Mar 2005 (111) Fought on the Western Front, where he was wounded. See entry.
Häßler, Fritz Otto Erich 22 Apr 1899 2 Dec 2005 (106) See entry.
Kuentz, Charles 18 Feb 1897 7 Apr 2005 (108) Born in Alsace-Lorraine. Conscripted into the German army 1916 and served on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. The last ‘French’ German veteran of WWI. Also a WWII veteran. See entry.
Person, Kurt 24 Apr 1898 23 Feb 2005 (106)
Rösch, Johann 24 Mar 1898 25 Apr 2005 (107)
Rzepa, Jan 14 Jun 1899 23 Mar 2005 (105) Ethnic Pole conscripted into the German army. Fought with the RIR 12, Reserve Brandenburg 12th Grenadiers, 5. Reserve Division. Wounded at Verdun 1917, the last Polish veteran of the Polish Uprising 1919.
Schweim, Otto Nicolaus 27 Apr 1897 9 Sep 2005 (108)
Steinkamp, Christian 27 Feb 1900 24 Jul 2005 (105)
Van Sloten, Bert c. 1900 Sep 2005 (105) Born in the Netherlands, died in the UK. Fought with the German air force in WWI, winning the Iron Cross, and with the Royal Air Force in WWII, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Italy (19 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Alfano, Carmine 14 Sep 1896 5 Feb 2005 (108)
Ambulo, Santo 25 Aug 1900 6 Feb 2005 (104)
Barbero, Luigi 12 Apr 1899 8 Feb 2005 (105)
Barni, Arnaldo Jun 2 1899 19 Nov 2005 (106)
Bonomini, Paolo 22 May 1898 9 Dec 2005 (107)
Consigli, Avellino 5 Jul 1898 11 Oct 2005 (107)
Denaro, Giuseppe 13 Oct 1900 10 Jul 2005 (104)
Di Nardo, Antonio 10 Nov 1898 3 May 2005 (106)
Di Rocco, Giuseppe 7 Feb 1899 2005 Died in the USA.
Di Santo, Benedetto 26 Sep 1899 5 Apr 2005 (105)
Ledda, Luciano 22 Jan 1898 14 Aug 2005 (107)
Micheletti, Pietro 18 Oct 1900 25 Mar 2005 (104)
Monni, Marino 2 May 1899 20 Jun 2005 (106)
Orelli, Carlo 23 Dec 1894 22 Jan 2005 (110) Italy’s oldest man at his death. See entry.
Ossino, Cirino 4 Sep 1898 15 Jul 2005 (106)
Paoloni, Romolo 30 May 1899 2 May 2005 (105)
Rava, Luigi 9 Sep 1897 19 Sep 2005 (108)
Roffinella, Secondo 3 May 1898 26 Oct 2005 (107) Fought in an Alpine regiment at the Battle of Caporetto and taken prisoner.
Sini, Francesco 29 Jul 1899 30 May 2005 (105)

Poland (2 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Twarowski, Zygmunt 13 Sep 1903 2005 Also fought in the Polish-Bolshevik War 1919-1920:
Zimmer, Stanisław 1902 1 Nov 2005 (103)

Puerto Rico (1 veteran)

Name Born Died Notes
Vega-Jimenez, Salomon 9 May 1898 18 Mar 2005 (106) Private, US Army.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (17 veterans)

Name Rank/Regiment/Corps Born Died Notes
Anderson, Alfred Sergeant, 1/5th (Angus & Dundee) Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 25 Jun 1896 21 Nov 2005 (109) Last 'Old Contemptible.' Last survivor of the Battle of the Somme. See entry.
Butcher, Stephen Graham Boy Bandsman, Royal Marines 2 Jan 1904 Dec 2005 (101) Enlisted aged 13. Served aboard HMS Hyacinth. See entry.
Brooks, Walter Private, 77th Distribution Battalion 2 Oct1900 Feb 2005 (104) Enlisted 16 October 1918 and still in training when the war ended.
Caley, William Henry Stoker, Royal Navy 25 Sep 1899 Feb 2005 (105) Enlisted 1918.ADM 188/1124
Clark, Bert Private, Northamptonshire Regiment 20 Nov 1899 21 Jan 2005 (104) Last known Great War veteran of the Northamptonshire Regiment. Non combat.
Dickinson, Joseph Frederick (Fred) Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy 4 Mar 1899 17 Jan 2005 (105) Torpedo operator on HMS Warrior.
Elder, William Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery 5 May 1897 22 Jun 2005 (108) Last known Great War veteran of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Fought on the Somme and first two battles of Ypres.
Finnigan, Alfred Benjamin Driver, 15th Royal Field Artillery 18 Sep 1896 11 May 2005 (108) Last known Great War veteran of the Royal Field Artillery. Lead driver in six-man horse team. See entry.
Hardy, George Henry Private, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons 2 Dec 1899 22 Jan 2005 (105) Last known Great War veteran of the Dragoons. Non combat.
Lawton, Harold Walter Corporal, 1/4th East Yorkshire Regiment 27 Jul 1899 24 Dec 2005 (106) Last known Great War veteran of the East Yorkshire Regiment. See entry.
Lloyd, Charles Frederick Gunner, Royal Artillery 23 Feb 1898 28 Apr 2005 (107) Served in veterinary division.
Lloyd, Arthur Henry (Harry) Private, Royal Flying Corps 17 Jun 1900 22 Jun 2005 (105) Non combat. Enlisted underage, served as an aircraft fitter.
Marshall, Albert Elliot (Smiler) Private, 1/1st Essex Yeomanry & Machine Gun Corps 15 Mar 1897 16 May 2005 (108) Last British cavalryman of the Great War. See entry.
Rice, George Francis Durham Light Infantry & 1st & 2/5th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 18 Jun 1897 17 Sep 2005 (108) Last known Great War veteran of the West Riding Regiment. Served as a Lewis gunner on the Western Front.
Rudd, Victor (Bob) Private, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers 28 Apr 1901 20 Nov 2005 (104) Last known Great War veteran of the Lancers. Non combat. Died in New Zealand.
Watson, Charles Alfred W.(Chuck) Sergeant, 11th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps 16 Nov 1899 1 Jan 2005 (105) Aircraft navigator. Last surviving airman to have been shot down.
Withers, Cecil Clarence Private, 1st Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) & Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 8 Jun 1898 17 Apr 2005 (106) Last known Great War veteran of the Royal Fusiliers and Royal West Surrey Regiments. Enlisted underage. Wounded at Arras.

United States (26 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Boice, Harold Frank 8 Sep 1897 7 Oct 2005 (108) (New York) Enlisted 1917. Served as a private in telegraph battalion. In France only for a few days; en route to the Front when the Armistice was declared.
Briant, George L. 3 Mar 1901 31 Jan 2005 (103) (Louisiana) Served in France and awarded the Legion of Honour.
Brush, Earl F. 17 Jul 1893 10 Jan 2005 (111) (California)
Chapman, Homer Dwight 4 Oct 1898 4 Apr 2005 (106) (California) Non combat. In training with the Student Army Training Corps 1918.
Cook, Arthur E. 4 May 1895 24 Mar 2005 (109) (Kansas) Served in France and awarded the Legion of Honour.
Crist, Ray H. 8 Mar 1900 23 Jul 2005 (105) (New York) Non-combat. Served in the Student Army Training Corps. Later worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the nuclear bomb.
Elliott, Sr., John Paul 6 Feb 1899 14 Jan 2005 (105) (California) Enlisted in the US Navy aged 17 as a pharmacist’s mate on the USS Texas. Patrolled the North Sea and the Baltic, and was present at the surrender of the German fleet 1919. Also a WWII veteran.
Fiala, Arthur (Art) 17 Feb 1899 23 Nov 2005 (106) (Wisconsin) Non combat. Served in France 1918 with 20th Engineering Battalion as a wood cutter and cook. See entry.
Grace, Rollin F. (Jack) 11 Mar 1900 23 Jan 2005 (104) (Vermont). Non combat. Served Stateside with the 302nd Cavalry Regiment.
Grill, Max 24 Apr 1900 3 Dec 2005 (105) (New York) Served as a lieutenant in the US Army towards the end of the war.
Hair, Joe Dollar 11 Oct 1895 3 Mar 2005 (109) (Alabama)
Harrison, Michael 13 Dec 1897 5 Apr 2005 (107) (California) US Army.
Hendershott, Robert L. 7 Aug 1898 23 Mar 2005 (106) (Florida). Non-combat. Served in the Officer Training Corps.
Lane, Stanley 1 Oct 1901 15 Jul 2005 (103) (Maryland) Non combat. Born Samuel Levine in Warsaw, emigating to the USA as a child. Enlisted in the US Cavalry aged 16, but served Stateside. Remained in the army, and served with the Quartermaster Corps in WWII and the Korean War, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Law, Reuben Walter 14 Aug 1898 1 Jan 2005 (106) (Nevada) Sergeant, US Army. Served in France Oct-Nov 1918 transporting supplies and wounded soldiers behind the front line.
Matthews, Mark 7 Aug 1894 6 Sep 2005 (111) (North Carolina) Non combat. Based in the American West as a ‘Buffalo Soldier.’ See entry.
Mauss, Henry D. 27 Sep 1898 30 May 2005 (106) (Missouri) Non-combat.
Meyer, Charley H. 13 May 1899 22 Jan 2005 (105) (Kansas) Non combat. Enlisted 1918 and served Stateside with a Motor Transport division.
Myers, Kenneth 18 Apr 1898 28 Nov 2005 (107) (Texas) A sailor, he served aboard the USS Oklahoma.
Perkins, George Dewey 10 Mar 1898 9 Feb 2005 (106) (Louisiana) Non combat. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps 1917. Struck down by Spanish Flu preventing his deployment to France.
Rager, Dean L. 22 Dec 1898 20 Feb 2005 (106) (Idaho) Private, US Army.
Robb, Fred Eliot 16 Oct 1896 28 Mar 2005 (108) (Missouri) Non combat. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps 1918, but illness prevented his deployment to France. Served as a Navy Chaplain in WWII. Brother of Jacob Robb (see Surviving Veterans of WWI who died in 2004).
Smith, Harold M. 2 Aug 1900 5 Jun 2005 (104) Non combat. Marine. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps aged 17, but was still in training when the war ended.
Warner, Charles H. 1 Oct 1899 25 Jan 2005 (105) (California)
Wells, Ed 1 Jan 1897 11 Dec 2005 (108) (Mississippi)
Wilbur, Bertrand 10 Apr 1899 31 Mar 2005 (105) (California)

World War I-era veterans - 2 veterans

Listed here are those that joined the armed services after the Armistice date, but before the Treaty of Versailles was signed, or where there is debate on their join-date, or whose military service is sometimes viewed as outside the scope of "WWI", but are considered WWI-era veterans by the press or by their respective governments, or served in a related conflict.

United States (2 veterans)

Name Born Died Notes
Ereñeta, Julio (Jay) 2 Jan 1902 15 Apr 2005 (103) (California) Enlisted in the US Navy 1919 and served aboard a minesweeper clearing the North Sea.
Hileman, Warren V. 29 Sep 1901 30 Jan 2005 (103) (Illinois) Served with the US Army Expeditionary Force in Siberia 1919-1920.

Total

  • 96 known veterans of the First World War, and 2 known veterans of the World War I era died in 2005.

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