Last US Great War vet dies

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

FRANK Buck­les, who lied about his age to get into uni­form dur­ing World War I and lived to be the last sur­viv­ing US vet­eran of that war, has died. He was 110.

Buck­les, who also sur­vived be­ing a civil­ian PoW in the Philip­pines in World War II, died peace­fully of nat­u­ral causes early Sun­day at his home in Charles Town, West Vir­ginia.

Mr Buck­les turned 110 on Fe­bru­ary 1 and had been ad­vo­cat­ing for a na­tional me­mo­rial honouring vet­er­ans of World War I in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

When asked in Fe­bru­ary 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said sim­ply, ‘‘ I re­alised that some­body had to be, and it was me.’’ More than 4.7 mil­lion peo­ple joined the US mil­i­tary from 1917-18.

The last known Cana­dian vet­eran of the war, John B a b c o c k o f S p o k a n e , Wash­ing­ton, died in Fe­bru­ary 2010. There are no French or Ger­man vet­er­ans of the war left alive.

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