Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110
Florence Green celebrates her 109th birthday in 2010. She died Saturday.
February 8th, 2012
10:38 AM ET

Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110

The last known surviving veteran of World War I has died. Florence Green, 110, was a waitress in Britain's Royal Air Force.

"In a way, that the last veteran should be a lady and someone who served on the home front is something that reminds me that warfare is not confined to the trenches," Retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye told Time.

"It reminds us of the Great War, and all warfare since then has been something that involved everyone," Dye, director-general of the RAF Museum, told Time. "It's a collective experience. ... Sadly, whether you are in New York, in London, or in Kandahar, warfare touches all of our lives."

Green was 17 when she joined the Women's Royal Air Force in 1918, two months before the armistice, the BBC reported.

She recalled her wartime experiences in a 2008 interview, retold in Time.

"I met dozens of pilots and would go on dates," she said. "I had the opportunity to go up in one of the planes but I was scared of flying. I would work every hour God sent. But I had dozens of friends on the base and we had a great deal of fun in our spare time. In many ways, I had the time of my life."

Two weeks shy of her 111th birthday, Green died in her sleep Saturday night at a home care facility in King's Lynn, Norfolk, according to the BBC.

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  1. RabiaDiluvio

    Why are people being so hateful toward a 110 year old woman who just died? Who cares that she didn't participate in the war at the same level as a pilot or a combat soldier. She was a member of the armed forces (thus, a veteran) and moreover a witness to the WWI era–there are not many alive, veterans or otherwise, who can claim such.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      You absolutely do have to give the woman her props! Not only did she help during WWI, but she likely had children who were combatants in WWII, she probably hid as everyone else did during the bombings of BOTH wars, endured the Great Depression and everything that has come our way since. That's one stalwart woman!!!!!!

      February 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriXen

      Agreed.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robb1371

      Trust me, there are more of us that see her merit......than just a handful of bored people,with empty lives, who want to poke fun and create controversy for argumentative and reaction only.

      February 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dolly

      All of the above so nicely stated. At least most of the people here understand the significance and valour of Mrs. Green and her generation.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WWRRD

    Amazing!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. noel

    cnn...commie national network
    OBAMANOS!!!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Is your trailer park manager letting you play with his computer today?

      February 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jtsj16

      and yet you choose to go to their web page and read their article...hmm....

      February 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    RIP, Florence Green.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric the actor

    I think she was a biker with those handle bars! Poor ol' lady!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJohnson

      One wonders how scary you would look at 80 years of age, much less 110. Poor ol' actor.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • AF

      All I could say Rest in Peace and this Eric guy is 51 cards shy on a deck of 52 card decl

      February 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidRanger

      Nitwit!

      February 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim08

      Your comments are really positive and helpful, thank you, we are all so glad you took the entire 2 seconds to form a response........... P.S. You are an actor, as they do not appear to come naturally, you should try to act as if you have a measure of empathy every once and while.

      February 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tante Waileka

      You are just a kid, so we forgive your youthful stupidity. Amazing to live 110 years. RIP Mrs Green.

      February 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Iris

    Bravo Zulu, Ms. Green!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stardust

    RIP and thank you for your dedication and service, Mrs, Green. You embody the spirit of a great nation and a powerful generation that endured more hardship and tragedy than any before or since.

    February 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    That's a sweet beard!

    February 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. trollsRstupid

    She just may have gotten tired of fussing with shaving or waxing at her age (delicate skin at 110). Hey Eric the Actor, at 110 your nose hair will cover your lip and your ear hair will look like earmuffs. Worst yet, your eyebrows will tip your head over.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Solitaire

      You are a bit of an age-ist, aren't you? Someday that fuzz on your chin will grow out too.

      February 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • shoos

      Thank you. Your words were expressed more elequently than my thoughts.

      February 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dank

      let's just concentrate on the amazing service she provided that helped allow you to sleep soundly in a warm bed at night...next, let's all try and post meaningful, educated comments online. save the 3rd grade chatter for the playground

      February 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      So did millions of others, and most of them died in the war, and were not at the home front, dating pilots, and having the time of their lifes – this whole discussion reminds me of a SNL skit after the first Iraq war – the goverment would throw a big welcome party for each single returning soldier, and they were "almost done with the letter A" – maybe we should do that for all the past WWI veterans as well, and when we are through in 20 years, we can start with the WWII veterans

      February 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • voiceOfReason

      The commenter was able to sleep soundly at night, due to her amazing food service? The contributions of those who do/have done heroic things are cheapened by all of this "everyone in the military is a hero, regardless of their job" delusion that people suffer from.

      February 9, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • justmeanddog

      You just proved that the keyboard is mightier than a trolls tongue, and you gave us all a good laugh doing it. Who says you need paint to create a vivid picture? That old girl could probably squash a Troll like a bug even at her age.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      Hey, "trollsRstupid", you are correct. Many women have chin hair that the pluck regularly. It is not at all unusual. If I live that long I might also stop pluckin'. ....I would have earned the right to not give a damn what the "younguns' have to say about it. These kinds of comments only show the disrespect young people these days have for the elderly, which was not the way they treated elders in their day.

      February 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Burbank

    Rest in peace. Now that the last person is dead, can we get rid of Veteran's Day as a priveleged holiday only for government workers and Wall street bankers. We 99% taxpayers have to slave away working, being horribly inconvenienced with no government services, and having to pay for extra day care while these people go play . It's pure discrimination! Either we all get the day off or time and a half or no one gets it off! Same with Columbus Day (didn't even discover America) and Martin Luther. These days should be special recognition days, not holidays for the priveleged few!

    February 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • longtooth

      Join a union, you moron.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      Sounds like you should complain to your union rep.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jtsj16

      Actually I get that day off in the private sector as our company believes it is important to recognize our veterans (all veterans) for their sacrifices. And furthermore, since you obviously aren't smart enough to actually read and understand the article, Veterans Day is a US holiday and this woman was British so her passing would have nothing to do with it anyway.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Sounds like you need a better job.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pirogi

      Errrm, Veteran's Day is to honor all veterans of all wars.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Pretty sure you should be happy to have a job.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iserveddidu

      Burbank, Are you a veteran?

      February 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      You're an apple that fell way off the tree eh?

      February 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TAK

      Burbank, you chose perhaps the most undiplomatic way of expressing yourself on this issue... yet I actually see your point.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    Wow! Hopefully all is quiet on the western front now. May all of the those who witnessed and participated in the "War To End All Wars" rest in peace. They deserve it.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. longtooth

    God bless this lady. Imagine all the things she experienced and read about. A very old person is like a very old tree. They have a dignity all their own.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. topmom

    How is the last person dead when we still have Veteran's all over the world? Horribly inconvenienced is living in the desert without your family for months to a year, working more hours in a few days than you possibly work in a week, not being w/out govt services for one day. Don't blame the recipients blame the lame company that you work for. I am a Veteran and my current company does not give off govt holidays but you get personal days so take one.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DEB

      The article is referring to the last WWI veteran not the last veteran.

      February 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidRanger

      You might want to read the article again. Or maybe just the BIG letters at the top!

      February 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Thank you Ms. Green for your wartime service. You may not have been in the trenches, but you still served your country in the armed forces during the Great War. Rest in peace.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fumanchu

    Wearing a beard like a bauce. No f*** was given. Props to her. RIP.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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