The following is a list of known veterans of the First World War (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918) who died in 2008.
Veterans by country of service - 17 veterans
On 17 March 2008, despite the existence of Pierre Picault, Fernand Goux and an anonymous veteran, Lazare Ponticelli received a French state funeral as the last poilu officially recognized by the French government. On 3 April 2008, Yakup Satar was similarly honoured in Turkey, as was Italy's Delfino Borroni on 29 October 2008.
|Künstler, Franz||24 July 1900||27 May 2008 (107)||Last Austria-Hungarian and Central Powers World War I veteran. Born in Hungary. Served in Italian Front. Also served for Hungary in World War II. Moved to Germany in 1946. Germany's oldest man.|
|FRA||Cambefort, Raymond||11 February 1900||16 January 2008 (107)||Excluded from French government lists, because did not fight for at least three months in combat service. Signed up on 28 August 1918.|
|FRA||de Cazenave, Louis||16 October 1897||20 January 2008 (110)||Was thought to be the last World War I veteran born in France until another veteran, Fernand Goux, was discovered. France's oldest man.|
|FRA||Goux, Fernand||31 December 1899||9 November 2008 (108)||Last World War I veteran born in France. Served in 85th, then 82nd Infantry. Called up on 19 April 1918 to supply the troops and bury the dead. In trenches on 3 November. Excluded from French government lists, because did not fight for at least three months in combat service. Lived in the Paris Region.|
|FRA||Picault, Pierre||27 February 1899||20 November 2008 (109)||Served in the French Army 83rd Artillery. Called up on 15 April 1918 as 2nd class gunner. Excluded from French government lists. Lived in Bou, Loiret. France's oldest man.|
|FRA & Template:Flagcountry||Ponticelli, Lazare||24 December 1897||12 March 2008 (110)||Third to last veteran to have fought in French and Italian armies. Born in Italy. Fought in French Army from 1914–15 and Italian Army from 1915-18. Oldest living Italian born and French male upon death.|
|Kästner, Erich||10 March 1900||1 January 2008 (107)||Last World War I German Empire veteran and born in Germany. Enlisted in July 1918. Sent to Western Front to fight in France. Serving as a Major in ground support for the Luftwaffe in World War II.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Borroni, Delfino Edmondo||23 August 1898||26 October 2008 (110)||Last Italian World War I veteran. Signed up in January 1917. Served in Italian Army, 6th Bersaglieri Bologna. Lived in Castano Primo, near Milan.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Chiarello, Francesco Domenico||5 November 1898||27 June 2008 (109)||Joined the Italian army in 1918 as a member of the 19th infantry regiment from Cosenza. Fought in the final Battle of Vittorio Veneto.|
|Satar, Yakup||11 March 1898||2 April 2008 (110)||Last World War I veteran who fought for the Ottoman Empire. Born in Crimea. Enlisted in 1915. Taken prisoner in 1917 in Baghdad campaign by the British.|
|Krichevsky, Mikhail Efimovich||25 February 1897||26 December 2008 (111)||Served for Russia. Joined up in 1917. Accounts differ as to whether he was sent to the Austro-Hungarian front. After the October Revolution returned home. Ukraine's oldest man. Lived in Donetsk.|
|POL||Wycech, Stanisław||27 June 1902||12 January 2008 (105)||Poland's last known veteran of World War I. Messenger in 1915, aged 13. Saw action on 10 November 1918. Called back in 1919 to fight the Bolsheviks. Lived in Warsaw.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Campany, Ivy Lillian||23 September 1901||19 December 2008 (107)||Penultimate female veteran of any country. Joined Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War I. Fire-watcher in World War II. Lived in Margate, Kent.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Lucas, Sydney Maurice (Syd)||21 September 1900||4 November 2008 (108)||Served in the 45th Sherwood Foresters. Did not see action (was still in training). Moved to Australia in 1928 and served in the Australian Army in World War II.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Powers, Gladys||10 May 1899||15 August 2008 (109)||Third to last female World War I veteran and last World War I veteran living in Canada. Born in England. Barracks waitress in the WAAC, and later in the WRAF. Moved to Canada in 1920. Lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Stair, Stanley Charles||October 1900||April 2008 (107)||Last World War I veteran from the British West Indies Regiment. Infantryman with the rank of Private. Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Lived in Animal Hill, Lucea, Jamaica.|
|USA||Landis, Harry Richard||12 December 1899||4 February 2008 (108)||Joined United States Army in October 1918 in the Student Army Training Corps. Did not finish basic training. Discharged in December 1918. Lived in Florida.|
World War I-era veterans - 4 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 "World War I", but are considered World War I-era veterans by the press or by their respective governments, or served in a related conflict.
|Gourraud, Georges||5 October 1900||18 October 2008 (108)||Last French World War I-Era veteran, Called up by the French Army on Armistice Day 1918. Lived in the Vendée.|
|Template:Flagcountry||Bisaro, Giobatta||7 October 1900||7 March 2008 (107)||Last Italian World War I-Era veteran. Enlisted just after the end of the war. Lived in Dignano (Friuli, Northeast Italy).|
|Matthews, Floyd Huston (Skipper)||3 February 1903||24 February 2008 (105)||Enlisted in Navy a month before the Treaty of Versailles, and so was still in training. Lived in Florence, Alabama.|
|Salacki, Aleksandr||12 May 1904||5 April 2008 (103)||Last survivor of the Lwów Eaglets, who fought in Lviv 1918-1919.|
Totals - 22 veterans
- Verified veterans - 17
- Unverified veterans - 1
- World War I-Era veterans - 4
- Translated article & interview with Delfino Borroni, Italian veteran
- Last German World War I Veteran Believed to Have Died Article by David Crossland in Der Spiegel Online, 22 January 2008.
- ↑ Ganley, Elaine (2008-03-17). "Adieu to an oldest soldier". Philadelphia Daily News. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/national/20080318_Adieu_to_an_oldest_soldier.html?text=med. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- ↑ "Turkey loses Independence War vet". Today's Zaman. 2008-04-04. Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. http://web.archive.org/web/20080404141012/http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=138103. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- ↑ "L'addio all'ultimo reduce della Grande guerra Duemila persone hanno partecipato alle esequie di Delfino Borroni, ultimo Cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto, che si è spento a 110 anni" (in Italian). Il Giorno. 2008-10-29. http://ilgiorno.ilsole24ore.com/milano/2008/10/29/129046-addio_ultimo_reduce_della_grande_guerra.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- ↑ Walzenbach, Nadine (2006-09-11). "Franz Künstler—oldest castle guide" (in German). Fränkische Nachrichten. http://www.fnweb.de/archiv/2006/m09/11/me/region/20060911_f0b1154001_24406.html. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
- ↑ Künstler's obituary Invalid language code.
- ↑ "Ders des Ders" (in French). http://dersdesders.free.fr/france.html. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- ↑ France's oldest World War I veteran dies
- ↑ Hopquin, Benoît (2007-03-05). "Les Ders Des Ders" (in French). Le Monde. http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3208,36-708425@51-709148,0.html. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
- ↑ Script error
- ↑ "Morto uno degli ultimi reduci della Grande Guerra" (in Italian). Il Giornale. 2008-11-10. http://www.ilgiornale.it/a.pic1?ID=304393. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- ↑ "Ders des Ders" (in French). http://dersdesders.free.fr/france.html. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
- ↑ France's final WWI veteran dies
- ↑ Kästner's death announcement, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 5 January 2008
- ↑ BBC Obituary 26 January 2008
- ↑ Crossland, David (2008-01-22). "Last German World War I Veteran Believed to Have Died". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- ↑ "È morto Delfino Borroni, l'ultimo reduce italiano della Grande Guerra" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. http://www.corriere.it/cronache/08_ottobre_26/borroni_morto_1dc9ba5e-a3a0-11dd-8d2c-00144f02aabc.shtml. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
- ↑ "Italian WWI veteran dead at 109". ABC News. 2008-07-01. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/07/01/2290366.htm?section=justin. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- ↑ "Domenico Chiarello: Italian veteran of the First World War". London: Times Online. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
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- ↑ "Template:Citation error" (in Russian). 2008-02-22. http://novosti.dn.ua/details/58826/. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- ↑ Mikhail Krichevsky obituary Template:Ru icon
- ↑ "Last Polish WWI veteran, 105, remembers his teenage soldiering". Sawf News. 2007-11-10. http://news.sawf.org/Lifestyle/44847.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- ↑ "Ivy 107 done that". This is Kent. http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/news/Ivy-107/article-601388-detail/article.html. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- ↑ Bingham, John (2008-11-05). "British First World War veteran dies days before 90th anniversary". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- ↑ "Gladys Powers celebrates 109 years". Abbotsford Times. http://www.canada.com/abbotsfordtimes/news/story.html?id=323a799a-87f6-445c-8076-a639f4e7f53c. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
- ↑ Canada's oldest First World War vet dies
- ↑ Wither Hanover's Heroes? - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM
- ↑ Branch-Brioso, Karen (2008-02-06). "1 Known WWI Veteran Left After Bay Area Man Dies". Tampa Bay Online. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/feb/06/1-known-wwi-veteran-left-after-sun-city-center-man/?news-breaking. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
- ↑ "World War I Veteran Harry Landis". United States Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www1.va.gov/opa/vafeature/Landis.asp. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- ↑ Article about George Gourraud's 107th birthday Invalid language code.
- ↑ Notice of Giobatta Bisaro's death and funeral Template:It icon
- ↑ Notice of Floyd Matthews' death