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.
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.
18 October 1900
17 December 2005 (105)
Born in Ukraine, died in Canada.
Canada (3 veterans)
Private, Canadian Army
6 August 1896
1 April 2005 (108)
Non combat. Enlisted 1916, but did not serve overseas.
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 World War I. Also a World War II veteran. See entry.
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.pl:Jan Rzepa
Born in the Netherlands, died in the UK. Fought with the German air force in World War I, winning the Iron Cross, and with the Royal Air Force in World War II, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Last British cavalryman of the Great War. See entry.
Rice, George Francis
1/5th Durham Light Infantry & 1st & 2/5th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
18 June 1897
17 September 2005 (108)
Last known Great War veteran of the West Riding Regiment. Served as a Lewis gunner on the Western Front.
Watson, Charles Alfred W. (Chuck)
Sergeant, 11th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
16 November 1899
1 January 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 June 1898
17 April 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)
Boice, Harold Frank
8 September 1897
7 October 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 March 1901
31 January 2005 (103)
(Louisiana) Served in France and awarded the Legion of Honour.
Brush, Earl F.
17 July 1893
10 January 2005 (111)
Chapman, Homer Dwight
4 October 1898
4 April 2005 (106)
(California) Non combat. In training with the Student Army Training Corps 1918.
Cook, Arthur E.
4 May 1895
24 March 2005 (109)
(Kansas) Served in France and awarded the Legion of Honour.
Crist, Ray H.
8 March 1900
23 July 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 February 1899
14 January 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 World War II veteran.
(Florida). Non-combat. Served in the Officer Training Corps.
1 October 1901
15 July 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 World War II and the Korean War, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Law, Reuben Walter
14 August 1898
1 January 2005 (106)
(Nevada) Sergeant, US Army. Served in France Oct–Nov 1918 transporting supplies and wounded soldiers behind the front line.
(Missouri) Non combat. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps 1918, but illness prevented his deployment to France. Served as a Navy Chaplain in World War II. Brother of Jacob Robb (see Surviving Veterans of World War I who died in 2004).
Smith, Harold M.
2 August 1900
5 June 2005 (104)
Non combat. Marine. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps aged 17, but was still in training when the war ended.
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 World War I-era veterans by the press or by their respective governments, or served in a related conflict.
United Kingdom (1 veteran)
Rudd, Victor (Bob)
28 April 1901
20 November 2005 (104)
Enlisted on 5 May 1919 and served as a Private, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, with the Army of Occupation until discharged in December 1919. Died in New Zealand.
United States (2 veterans)
Ereñeta, Julio (Jay)
2 January 1902
15 April 2005 (103)
(California) Enlisted in the US Navy 1919 and served aboard a minesweeper clearing the North Sea.
Hileman, Warren V.
29 September 1901
30 January 2005 (103)
(Illinois) Served with the US Army Expeditionary Force in Siberia 1919–1920.