Florence Green, Last WWI Vet, Dies at 110

She began serving in the British Women's R.A.F. at the age of 17

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Florence Green, a Royal Air Force member who was afraid to fly and who was also the last known World War I veteran, died over the weekend at the ripe old age of 110, the New York Times reports.

According to the newspaper, Green’s service wasn’t officially recognized until 2010, partly because she used her maiden name, Florence Patterson, when she worked as a Women’s R.A.F. steward in the officers’ mess, serving meals and tea, and also because she kept her achievements to herself.

“It was very pleasant, and they were lovely,” the Times says she once told a publication about her dealings with the officers. “Not a bit of bother.”

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First Published February 9, 2012

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