Bessie Camm
Bessie Camm
Birth: 20 June 1904
Stockton-on-Tees, England

113 years, 175 days

Country: UK Flag UK

Bessie Canwood-Camm (née Alderson; born 20 June 1904) is a verified British supercentenarian, who has been the oldest living person in the United Kingdom since the death of Gladys Hooper on 9 July 2016. She lives in Rotherham, England.[1][2][3]


Camm was born in Stockton-on-Tees. She was the eldest child born to James Alderson and Harriet Eleanor Alderson. She attended a Quaker school before qualifying as a nurse in 1926, working at the Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.[3].

She married John Camm shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Following the war, Bessie worked for five years as an industrial nurse at Parkgate Forge. She later nursed William Hague, who would later become the Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament.[3]. After her husband died in 1972, Camm lived at the Willow Court sheltered housing scheme in Wath, West Yorkshire, for thirty years, before moving to the Moorgate Lodge Care Home, where she currently resides.[3]


  1. Living people aged 107+ Oldest in Britain
  2. World Supercentenarian Rankings List Gerontology Research Group
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 112-year-old Bessie becomes UK's oldest living person Rotherham Advertiser. 12 July 2016

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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