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Obituaries Alfred Anderson Last WWI survivor 2005

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#1 Nonny

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 07:59 AM

If she's still alive, the US Navy's last surviving WWI female yeoman is 108.  

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British WWI veteran dies at age 109

By JILL LAWLESS
Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP) -- Alfred Anderson, the last known survivor of the 1914 "Christmas Truce" that saw British and German soldiers exchanging gifts and handshakes in no man's land, died early Monday, his parish priest said. He was 109. His death leaves fewer than 10 veterans of World War I alive in Britain.

Anderson died in his sleep at a nursing home in Newtyle, Scotland, said Rev. Neil Gardner of Alyth Parish Church.

Born June 25, 1896, Anderson was an 18-year-old soldier in the Black Watch regiment when British and German troops cautiously emerged from their trenches on Dec. 25, 1914. The enemies swapped cigarettes and tunic buttons, sang carols and even played soccer amid the mud and shell-holes of no man's land.

The informal truce spread along much of the Western Front, in some cases lasting for days.

"I remember the silence, the eerie sound of silence," Anderson told The Observer newspaper last year.

"All I'd heard for two months in the trenches was the hissing, cracking and whining of bullets in flight, machine gun fire and distant German voices," said Anderson, who was billeted in a farmhouse behind the front lines.

"But there was a dead silence that morning, right across the land as far as you could see. We shouted 'Merry Christmas,' even though nobody felt merry. The silence ended early in the afternoon and the killing started again. It was a short peace in a terrible war."

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Rest in peace.

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 08:11 AM

I always found that story fascinating - and I loved Blackadders take on it ('Remember it? How could I forget, I was *never* offside!' :lol:)

As Nonny said, rest in peace :)
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 08:26 AM

*salute*

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:17 AM

Twenty-one guns to the old gent.

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:22 AM

I've always loved the Christmas truce.

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 12:47 PM

There are so few left from that conflict.

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 05:04 PM

R.I.P old boy.
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 07:14 PM

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 11:18 PM

*salute*
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Posted 22 November 2005 - 01:27 AM

In Pace Requiescat(Sounds of the Last Post, followed by Rouse, playing).

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 01:27 AM

RIP sir. :(

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 01:50 PM

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Posted 24 December 2005 - 10:22 PM

bumping to say Merry Christmas to all posting in OT.  This small peace remains significant, and gives hope to a time when peace on earth can be the comforting norm, not the exciting exception.  :)  

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Posted 25 December 2005 - 05:59 PM

Nonny, on Dec 24 2005, 07:22 PM, said:

bumping to say Merry Christmas to all posting in OT.  This small peace remains significant, and gives hope to a time when peace on earth can be the comforting norm, not the exciting exception.  :) 

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You bet. Merry Christmas, everybody.

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