Bessie Camm on her 113th birthday
|Birth:||20 June 1904|
113 years, 242 days
Bessie Camm (née Alderson; born 20 June 1904), formerly Bessie Canwood, 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.
Camm was born in Stockton-On-Tees, England She was the first 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.. She married John Camm shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Following the war, Camm worked for five years as an industrial nurse at Parkgate Forge. At one point, she nursed William Hague, who would later become the Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament.. After her husband died in 1972, Camm lived at the Willow Court sheltered housing scheme in Wath, West Yorkshire, for thirty years. She currently lives in a care home in Barnsley, West Yorkshire.