Last known WWI veteran dies

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  • Florence Green was the last surviving British service member of WWI
  • She died in her sleep at the age of 110
  • She served with the Women's Royal Air Force
Last known WWI veteran dies

Florence Green, known as the "world’s last" surviving World War I veteran, has passed away.

The BBC reports that Green was just two weeks shy of her 111th birthday. She lived in a nursing home in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, about 100 miles outside of London. She leaves behind a son and two daughters, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

"She really was a lovely lady. Everyone thought a lot of her. She will be sadly missed," said Sue Bray, administrator at the Briar House care home.

According to the British National Archives, Green joined the Women's Royal Air Force as a mess steward in 1918, when she was only 17- years-old. As a waitress on a military base, she served breakfast, lunch, and tea and told the BBC in 2010 that she enjoyed her time in the military. Although she left a year later, her daughter, June Evetts, tells the BBC that she stayed involved with the Royal British Legion, knitting clothes and toys for kids.

"I'm ever so proud of her. It's such an achievement to be that last person," Evetts said.

Green married in 1919 and worked at a hotel in King’s Lynn. Her husband, Walter Green, died in 1975 after having served in both world wars. Evetts praised her mother as "the most wonderful mother you could ask for ... no one had a bad word to say about her."

Her funeral will be held on February 16 in Norfolk.

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