Claude Stanley Choules – 110th Birthday

Claude Choules, who celebrates his 110th birthday today in Perth, is now believed to be the only surviving combat veteran of the Great War.

In April 1915, aged 14 Claude joined the Nautical Training Ship Mercury before transferring to the Royal Navy in October 1916 to serve aboard HMS Circe. In 1917, he joined the battleship HMS Revenge, the flagship of the First Battle Squadron. While serving aboard it, he witnessed the surrender of the German Imperial Navy in 1918, ten days after the Armistice, and also witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow on 21st June 1919.