Amy Hulmes
Amy Hulmes
Birth: 5 October 1887
Bury, England, UK
Death: 27 October 2001
Bury, England, UK
Age: 114 years, 22 days
Country: UK Flag UK

Amy Isabel Hulmes (née Matthews; 5 October 1887 – 27 October 2001) was a British supercentenarian, who was the oldest living person in Europe from the death of Marie Bremont on 6 June 2001, until her own death on 27 October 2001.[1]


Hulmes was born in Bury, Greater Manchester. Her father, John Matthews, was a drum major in the Lancashire fusiliers, and was nursed by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.[2]

Amy was the youngest of nine children: two sisters died three years before she was born and two brothers died in army service.[2] She became a weaver and married Philip, who died in 1956. The couple had two daughters.

She gave up smoking at the age of 84, and lived in a house without hot water untul the age of 94. She could also reportedly touch her toes at the age of 105.[2]

With the death of Marie Bremont on 6 June 2001, Guinness named Hulmes the world's oldest person as a publicity stunt, as Hulmes drank Guinness beer frequently. As a result, Guinness the beer company and Guinness World Records separated. Maud Farris-Luse was quickly given the title.[3]

Hulmes died on 27 October 2001, at the age of 114 years, 22 days.[4] After her death, the title of the oldest living European went to 113 year-old Germaine Haye of France.


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel Swain • Mary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Christian Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Julia Gray • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline Beale • Fanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary Worthington • Jane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Ada Roe • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Frederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias Williams • Florence Pannell • Jeanetta Thomas • Alice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Jane Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Edith Ingamells • Emmeline Brice • Annie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice Bowman • Annie Turnbull • Elsie Steele • Margaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie Camm

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