Genealogy Blog - Deceased People 2014-12-19T14:17:20+01:00 Geneanet urn:md5:137eeaa00c40515e81be86b078a43655 Dotclear Chester Nez, Last of Original Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, Dies urn:md5:c34b8467849fadee7d593f2d3f53bbc0 2014-06-05T11:15:00+02:00 2014-06-05T08:38:30+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_7/111202105139-chester-nez-wwii-story-top.jpg" />For more than two decades, Chester Nez kept silent about his role as one of the original Navajo code talkers responsible for developing an unbreakable code during World War II.<br /> <br /> His death Wednesday at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 93 was lamented by the Marine Corps as the end of an era -- for both the country and its armed forces. "We mourn his passing but honor and celebrate the indomitable spirit and dedication of those Marines who became known as the Navajo code talkers," the Marines said in a statement.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/04/us/navajo-code-talker-obit/?hpt=hp_t1">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/06/Chester-Nez-Last-of-Original-Navajo-Code-Talkers-of-World-War-II-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/31060 Glenn Edward McDuffie, Who Long Claimed To Be Sailor in Iconic Times Square 'Kiss' Photo at End of WWII, Dies urn:md5:526cf89313c2569c5b172ab7fd048270 2014-03-15T10:15:00+01:00 2014-03-15T10:37:47+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Legendary_kiss_V_J_day_in_Times_Square_Alfred_Eisenstaedt.jpg" />The Texas man who made headlines for his repeated claims to being the sailor who randomly kissed a woman in Times Square, leading to one of the most iconic photographic images of World War II, has died.<br /> <br /> Glenn Edward McDuffie passed away at age 86 on Sunday in Texas after suffering a heart attack at a casino earlier in the day, his daughter told the Daily News. McDuffie claimed for years he was the strapping sailor who planted one on the lips of the swooning woman on August 14, 1945. He said it was a spontaneous act of unbridled euphoria sparked by the announcement of Japan’s surrender.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/sailor-wwii-kiss-photo-dies-article-1.1721784">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/03/Glenn-Edward-McDuffie-Who-Long-Claimed-To-Be-Sailor-in-Iconic-Times-Square-Kiss-Photo-at-End-of-WWII-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/30198 Ex-'Comfort Woman' for Japanese in WWII Dies At 90, Bringing Number of Living South Korean Sex Slavery Survivors To 55 urn:md5:511edcc4245208898f1f0741f1aa0af0 2014-01-27T10:15:00+01:00 2014-01-27T10:15:10+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2546535-1AFCC4B100000578-159_634x343.jpg" />Hwang Kum-ja, a former 'comfort woman' forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during World War II, died at age 90. The total number of living South Korean victims of the practice during Japan's colonial rule of Korea is now 55.<br /> <br /> Hwang was born in 1924, forced into a glass factory at age 13 and later sent to China for sexual slavery at 16, according to Yonhap. After the war, she returned to Korea and lived alone for the rest of her life. Hwang earned money by collecting garbage and receiving various government subsidies, Yonhap reported.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546535/Ex-comfort-woman-Japanese-WWII-dies-90-bringing-number-living-South-Korean-sex-slavery-survivors-55-Japan-compensate-them.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/Ex-Comfort-Woman-for-Japanese-in-WWII-Dies-At-90-Bringing-Number-of-Living-South-Korean-Sex-Slavery-Survivors-To-55.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29701 Hiroo Onoda, Japanese Soldier Who Spent 29 Years Unaware World War II Had Ended, Dies At Age of 91 urn:md5:f9d1eba4c5f4d0eca36bf24c4438cfa0 2014-01-20T10:15:00+01:00 2014-01-20T08:13:46+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/526107958.jpg" />Onoda was discovered in March 1974 living secretly in the Philippines island of Lubang. He surrendered when his former commander arrived to confirm the war was really over and reverse his original orders to remain on th eisland as a spy.<br /> <br /> Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday expressed his condolences, praising Onoda for his strong will to live and indomitable spirit.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/japanese-soldier-spent-29-years-unaware-world-war-ii-ended-dies-91-article-1.1583051">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2014/01/Hiroo-Onoda-Japanese-Soldier-Who-Spent-29-Years-Unaware-World-War-II-Had-Ended-Dies-At-Age-of-91.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29615 Mavis Batey, Bletchley Park Code Breaker In World War II, Dies At 92 urn:md5:82990094ffe3d9b1076df50f74c11eb8 2013-11-18T10:15:00+01:00 2013-11-18T08:44:48+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/Mavis_pic1384537561-kCwE--300x190_wp.com.jpg" />Mavis Batey was a British student of 19, midway through her university course in German Romanticism, when she was recruited for a top-secret assignment during World War II.<br /> <br /> In May 1940, Mrs. Batey — then the unmarried Mavis Lever — joined the team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, the British cryptography headquarters. Trained in the enemy’s language and endowed with a facility for words, she became a key contributor to a wartime project that remained classified for decades.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/mavis-batey-bletchley-park-code-breaker-in-world-war-ii-dies-at-92/2013/11/16/ef8682cc-4d49-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/11/Mavis-Batey-Bletchley-Park-Code-Breaker-In-World-War-II-Dies-At-92.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/29032 Great Escape Hero Who Helped Dispose of Soil From Famous Tunnel Dug by Prisoners at Nazi War Camp Stalag Luft III Dies Aged 91 urn:md5:2877fb440e176044150399a5e3b008bb 2013-10-18T19:15:00+02:00 2013-10-18T17:41:20+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_6/article-2464161-0EF6202800000578-24_634x425.jpg" />One of the few remaining British survivors of a German prisoner of war camp immortalised in The Great Escape film has died aged 91. <br /> <br /> Royal Air Force gunner Frank Stone, of Hathersage, Derbyshire, was taken to Stalag Luft III in Zagan as a teenager during the Second World War after his bomber crashed in Mannheim in 1940. He was in hut 104, home to 76 airmen who tried to escape via a 348ft tunnel in 1944. But the alarm was raised before Mr Stone, who had helped dispose of soil from the tunnel, could join them.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2464161/Great-Escape-hero-Stalag-Luft-III-dies-aged-91.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/10/Great-Escape-Hero-Who-Helped-Dispose-of-Soil-From-Famous-Tunnel-Dug-by-Prisoners-at-Nazi-War-Camp-Stalag-Luft-III-Dies-Aged-91.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/28761 Oldest Man In History Jiroemon Kimura Dies At 116 urn:md5:43b9c3e1323a753e93ad1979412aedec 2013-06-13T00:15:00+02:00 2013-06-12T23:18:49+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.Screenshot__10115_t.jpg" />A Japanese man recognised as the world's oldest living person, and the oldest man recorded in history, has died aged 116, local officials say. Jiroemon Kimura died of natural causes on Wednesday in a hospital in Kyotango, Kyoto, a government statement said.<br /> <br /> In December, Guinness World Records recorded Mr Kimura as the oldest man ever verified to have lived. He reportedly had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Mr Kimura was born on 19 April 1897, the same year as aviator Amelia Earhart.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22851848">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/06/Oldest-Man-In-History-Jiroemon-Kimura-Dies-At-116.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/27603 Battle of Midway Hero Jim Muri Dies At 93 urn:md5:aedf4dd9e82916a20c12aa32847ed606 2013-02-06T13:15:00+01:00 2013-02-06T09:15:54+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/.51113ec31d84c.preview-620_t.jpg" />Jim Muri, a Montanan whose legendary flying prowess saved his stricken bomber and crew during the Battle of Midway in World War II, died Sunday at age 93.<br /> <br /> Muri earned national recognition and became the subject of a popular song for his exploits during the battle, June 4-6, 1942. He piloted a twin-engine B-26 bomber, one of dozens of land-based aircraft that attacked a massive Japanese invasion fleet on the opening morning of the battle.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/battle-of-midway-hero-jim-muri-dies-at/article_b8b5f87e-6fb7-11e2-8daa-0019bb2963f4.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2013/02/Battle-of-Midway-Hero-Jim-Muri-Dies-At-93.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/26468 World's 'Oldest Person' Besse Cooper Dies Aged 116 urn:md5:f3b9742061d9be1fecf920041f9bc63f 2012-12-05T11:15:00+01:00 2012-12-05T09:17:40+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/._64573732_64573717_t.jpg" />The US woman listed as the world's oldest person has died. She was 116. Besse Cooper died peacefully on Tuesday at a nursing home near Atlanta, Georgia, said her son, Sidney Cooper.<br /> <br /> Guinness said Ms Cooper is succeeded as the world's oldest living person by fellow American Dina Manfredini from Iowa, who is 115. The oldest person ever was French-born Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 before dying in 1997. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20604191">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/12/World-s-Oldest-Person-Besse-Cooper-Dies-Aged-116.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25939 Antoni Dobrowolski, Oldest Auschwitz Survivor, Dies urn:md5:a300c6dc5383ec6affbee4e4bb124016 2012-10-23T13:15:00+02:00 2012-10-23T08:16:48+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_5/._63643227_63583454_t.jpg" />The oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp has died aged 108 in Debno, north-west Poland, officials say. A teacher, Antoni Dobrowolski was imprisoned for giving secret lessons during Germany's occupation of Poland.<br /> <br /> Mr Dobrowolski was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to the Nazi concentration camp in 1942. He was later transferred to the Gross Rosen and Sachsenhausen camps in Germany, before being freed in 1945.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20034347">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/10/Antoni-Dobrowolski-Oldest-Auschwitz-Survivor-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25572 WWII Navy Medic who Witnessed First Iwo Jima Flag Raising Interred urn:md5:b1673ac298b6c21b8daa7a714ec7b007 2012-09-18T12:15:00+02:00 2012-09-18T09:07:42+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.11556936_t.jpg" />Truett Wood, a Navy medic who witnessed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi, was hailed at his funeral Monday as a "wonderful patriot."<br /> <br /> “It was always an honor and a blessing to be associated with Truett Wood,” said Jesse Goldman, the chaplain for the Riverfront Marines, Detachment No. 1132, to a small gathering at Posey’s Funeral Home in North Augusta.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2012-09-17/wwii-navy-medic-who-witnessed-first-iwo-jima-flag-raising-interred?v=1347901809">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/09/WWII-Navy-Medic-who-Witnessed-First-Iwo-Jima-Flag-Raising-Interred.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/25251 Last Gay Jewish Holocaust Survivor Dies urn:md5:d632064b367ad4d0b708a0994ca94d68 2012-06-26T14:15:00+02:00 2012-06-26T08:52:59+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.Gad_Beck_t.jpg" />Gad Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died on Sunday in Berlin. He passed away in a senior citizens' home six days before his 89th birthday, which would have been on June 30.<br /> <br /> Beck was a pioneering gay activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German society. He was famous for his witty, lively style of speaking.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=275187">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/06/Last-Gay-Jewish-Holocaust-Survivor-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24667 Daughter of Civil War Veteran Dies at the Age of 94 urn:md5:c9c91c25e001bbe25b1b8dff7390912b 2012-06-15T10:15:00+02:00 2012-06-15T08:44:35+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.article-2159466-139B7FDC000005DC-719_468x716_t.jpg" />The daughter of a Civil War veteran has died at the age of 94 in a retirement home after a battle with cancer. Stella Mae Case, who was born in 1918, was one of the last living Americans whose father fought in the epic conflict, according to U-T San Diego.<br /> <br /> Although her father John Harwood Pierce died when she was seven years old, Case remembered seeing him dressed in his Civil War uniform for a Memorial Day parade.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2159466/Daughter-Civil-War-veteran-dies-age-94-battle-cancer.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/06/Daughter-of-Civil-War-Veteran-Dies-at-the-Age-of-94.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24574 Europe's Oldest Woman Dies in France Aged 114 urn:md5:24815ee5523070cc8857ce214063a88b 2012-06-08T21:15:00+02:00 2012-06-08T15:00:42+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.bardet080612_0_t.jpg" />The oldest known woman in Europe, French national Marie-Therese Bardet, has died just days after celebrating her 114th birthday at her retirement home in the village of Pontchateau in the western Loire-Atlantique region of France.<br /> <br /> Bardet was the sixth oldest person in the world, according to the US-based Gerontology Research Group, which compiles birth certificates of people aged over 110 years.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.english.rfi.fr/europe/20120608-europes-oldest-woman-dies-france-aged-114">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/06/Europe-s-Oldest-Woman-Dies-in-France-Aged-114.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/24509 French WWII Resistance Hero Raymond Aubrac Dies Aged 97 urn:md5:309ecdfb8820d19a9f0c7fd51ed4d096 2012-04-12T09:15:00+02:00 2012-04-12T08:03:57+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.Raymond_Aubrac_t.jpg" />One of the leading figures of the French resistance against the Nazis, Raymond Aubrac, has died aged 97, his family says. His daughter said he had died at Val de Grace military hospital in Paris on Tuesday evening.<br /> <br /> Raymond Aubrac and his late wife Lucie became important members of Jean Moulin's underground Resistance movement in 1942. Aubrac was arrested in June 1943 with Moulin, who died after torture.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17674554">Source</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/04/French-WWII-Resistance-Hero-Raymond-Aubrac-Dies-Aged-97.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23982 'Band of Brothers' Soldier Lynn Compton Dies Aged 90 urn:md5:0b2514ad1045ef46c011004726f3fca8 2012-02-29T11:15:00+01:00 2012-02-29T10:54:05+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.lynn_2153531b_t.jpg" />Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, a veteran whose Second World War exploits were depicted in the HBO TV series "Band of Brothers," has died aged 90. Compton died on Saturday in Washington state after having a heart attack last month, the family said.<br /> <br /> In January, nearly 200 guests, including actors from the Second World War miniseries, attended his 90th birthday party, the Skagit Valley Herald said. "To us he wasn't really a war hero, he was just a hero, period," Tracy Compton told the Herald.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/9111973/Band-of-Brothers-soldier-Lynn-Compton-dies-aged-90.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/02/Band-of-Brothers-Soldier-Lynn-Compton-Dies-Aged-90.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23563 Florence Green: Funeral Held for Last WWI Veteran urn:md5:f4c671a5dbd320c482eacc7bab1e0c58 2012-02-17T12:15:00+01:00 2012-02-17T10:15:36+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/._58547445_58547444_t.jpg" />The funeral of a woman thought to be the last person to serve in the armed forces during the WWI has taken place in west Norfolk. Florence Green, 110, from King's Lynn, served as a mess steward at RAF Marham and RAF Narborough in 1918.<br /> <br /> She died on 4 February at Briar House care home, King's Lynn, 15 days before she was due to celebrate her birthday. The funeral was held at Mintlyn Crematorium, Bawsey, and marked with a flypast by a Tornado from RAF Marham.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-17065427">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/02/Florence-Green%3A-Funeral-Held-for-Last-WWI-Veteran.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23464 'World's Last' WWI Veteran Florence Green Dies Aged 110 urn:md5:afef5c24fc3582d73c791ef071e9fb53 2012-02-08T09:15:00+01:00 2012-02-08T08:42:43+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.Florence_Green.jpg_t.jpg" />A woman thought to be the world's last known surviving service member of World War I has died aged 110. Florence Green, from King's Lynn, Norfolk, served as a mess steward at RAF bases in Marham and Narborough.<br /> <br /> She died in her sleep on Saturday night at Briar House care home, King's Lynn. Mrs Green had been due to celebrate her 111th birthday on 19 February. The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Briton Claude Choules, died in Australia aged 110 in May 2011.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-16929653">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/02/World-s-Last-WWI-Veteran-Florence-Green-Dies-Aged-110.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23356 Auschwitz Survivor Dies on 67th Anniversary of Camp’s Liberation urn:md5:db9d6b8c870204a507ee34d3c24f0961 2012-01-30T16:15:00+01:00 2012-01-30T09:38:00+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.Wall_of_Death_t.jpg" />Kazimierz Smolen, a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor who after World War II became director of the memorial site, died Friday on the 67th anniversary of its liberation.<br /> <br /> Smolen died in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II, said Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/auschwitz-survivor-dies-in-same-town-on-67th-anniversary-of-camps-liberaton/2012/01/27/gIQAtr1LVQ_story.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/01/Auschwitz-Survivor-Dies-on-67th-Anniversary-of-Camps-Liberation.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23278 World War II Navajo Code Talker Keith Little Dies at Age 87 urn:md5:d8291089f4781877adfb9a01549e8dc1 2012-01-09T14:15:00+01:00 2012-01-09T10:19:37+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_4/.755426832_t.jpg" />Keith Little, who joined the Marine Corps at age 17 and became one of the famed Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, died Tuesday at an Arizona hospital. He was 87.<br /> <br /> Little, the longtime president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, spent his last years touring the country to gain support and funding for a museum honoring the men whose use of the Navajo language in radio transmissions confounded the Japanese during the war in the Pacific.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.stripes.com/news/world-war-ii-navajo-code-talker-keith-little-dies-at-age-87-1.165153">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2012/01/World-War-II-Navajo-Code-Talker-Keith-Little-Dies-at-Age-87.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/23043 Great Australian WWII Heroine Dies at 98 in London urn:md5:93da72350c749352414cb397792df210 2011-08-13T23:15:00+02:00 2011-08-12T20:29:59+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.ALeqM5iwkn126ZB6jQ-qalRDi_P4WFe68Q_t.jpg" />Nancy Wake, Australia's greatest World War II heroine and a prominent figure in the French Resistance known as the "The White Mouse" for her ability to evade the Germans, has died in London. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the woman who was once the Gestapo's most wanted person, was "a devastatingly effective saboteur and spy".<br /> <br /> "Nancy Wake was a woman of exceptional courage and resourcefulness whose daring exploits saved the lives of hundreds of Allied personnel and helped bring the Nazi occupation of France to an end," Gillard said.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jp_xhMGrDVyKxZqn5D1l5WMDl9cQ?docId=CNG.134982ec52950e282f99f40cd0f0f2c5.51">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/Great-Australian-WWII-Heroine-Dies-at-98-in-London.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21667 Rudolf Brazda, Believed Last Surviving Gay Concentration Camp Prisoner, Dies at 98 urn:md5:385cb7c79def51588c31ef7351a58b2b 2011-08-04T16:15:00+02:00 2011-08-04T14:32:26+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_3/.Germany_Obit_Brazda.JPEG-03742_t.jpg" />Rudolf Brazda, believed to be the last surviving person who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp because of his homosexuality, has died, a German gay rights group said Thursday. He was 98. Brazda was sent to the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp in August 1942 and held there until its liberation by U.S. forces in 1945.<br /> <br /> Nazi Germany declared homosexuality an aberration that threatened the German race, and convicted some 50,000 homosexuals as criminals. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps, where few survived.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/rudolf-brazda-believed-last-surviving-gay-concentration-camp-prisoner-dies-at-98/2011/08/04/gIQAKc0qtI_story.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/08/Rudolf-Brazda-Believed-Last-Surviving-Gay-Concentration-Camp-Prisoner-Dies-at-98.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21646 Otto von Habsburg who saw end of empire dead at 98 urn:md5:55e855f2c7cf5a651dbb0625ca55495e 2011-07-06T15:15:00+02:00 2011-07-06T09:33:03+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.ALeqM5iHY-R63KpI0G_T9V0gcSdd1retIw_t.jpg" />Otto von Habsburg saw the crumbling of the empire his family had ruled for centuries and emerged from its ashes as a champion of a united and democratic Europe.<br /> <br /> The oldest son of Austria-Hungary's last emperor fought Nazism and Soviet communism during his long decades of exile from his homeland, and was lionized by leaders across the continent as "a great European."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVKjF8v2vHrD6hGo0ZHHnMyNqckQ?docId=0eb1e4fec4b74bbfb2a1dc335faeb89f">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/07/Otto-von-Habsburg-who-saw-end-of-empire-dead-at-98.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21353 Last Great War combatant laid to rest urn:md5:93a6a93e53d66cc98d2228192bc5274a 2011-05-20T15:15:00+02:00 2011-05-20T09:46:44+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.ALeqM5hddUIgajYwsrJqbSo3TPVgj4Oo0A_t.jpg" />The last surviving combat veteran from WWI, Briton Claude Choules, was laid to rest in Australia on Friday in a moving naval ceremony quietly marking the end of an era. Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", died in his sleep at his hostel home in Perth two weeks ago. He was 110.<br /> <br /> In his eulogy, son Adrian Choules said his sailor father had been a loving parent, had lived a very long and wonderful life, and "now belongs to the rest of the world". "The last time I spoke at a funeral I was sad, very sad," Adrian Choules said. "But today it is different... today is a celebration."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gRu67-w48cW4_FnEQ0ZWBRyY5rjg?docId=CNG.477403fb22cbf6f9627f77ef6427bad2.581">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/05/Last-Great-War-combatant-laid-to-rest.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/21003 Last WWI Combatant Dies in Australia urn:md5:713c60e22eb65bc77d202f6dc48550e3 2011-05-05T11:15:00+02:00 2011-05-05T09:48:17+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.ALeqM5iz6Uku2a81ZNlkJhzyRWqs4IppKg_t.jpg" />Briton Claude Choules, the final World War I combat veteran, has died aged 110 in Australia, the last of more than 70 million military personnel mobilised during the conflict. Blind and almost totally deaf, Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", died at his hostel home in Perth overnight.<br /> <br /> After American Frank Buckles died earlier this year, Choules was declared the last known combat survivor of the Great War that left 37 million soldiers dead or wounded. The only other surviving veteran of World War I is said to be Britain's Florence Green, who served with the Royal Air Force in a non-combat role and is now aged 110.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hem97Ee2o9CXjsrbrptIovufvK0w?docId=CNG.55f0da6b0832923a420f0af08b851e4c.441">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/05/Last-WWI-Combatant-Dies-in-Australia.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20867 World's Oldest Man Walter Breuning Dies in US Aged 114 urn:md5:b4bf7f264508a9c9a06e09b2ee21873c 2011-04-15T11:15:00+02:00 2011-04-15T08:08:28+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/._52180291_011766055-1_t.jpg" />The world's certified oldest man, whose advice to others included the observation "you're born to die", has passed away aged 114 in the US.Walter Breuning was old enough to remember his grandfather recounting his part in the slaughter of the American Civil War, during the 1860s.<br /> <br /> In his final years in Montana, he was passionate about ending two modern wars, those in Iraq and Afghanistan. His long good health he put down to a strict regime of two meals a day. "How many people in this country say that they can't take the weight off?" he asked in an interview with the Associated Press news agency in October.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13090291">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/04/World-s-oldest-man-Walter-Breuning-dies-in-US-aged-114.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20695 Blue plaque at Devon home of WWII spy Eileen Nearne urn:md5:b2bb4f5179da2954172738ac75de81c5 2011-03-15T12:15:00+01:00 2011-03-15T09:17:22+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/._51675880_eileen_nearne_bbc_512_t.jpg" />A blue plaque is to be unveiled at the last home in Devon of WWII heroine Eileen Mary Nearne. Ms Nearne died last September of a heart attack, at the age of 89. After her death her role and heroism as an agent in occupied France was revealed including her capture and torture at the hands of the Gestapo. The blue plaque, a scheme operated by English Heritage since 1986, will be unveiled on Tuesday at her former home in Torquay.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-12740172">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Blue-plaque-at-Devon-home-of-WWII-spy-Eileen-Nearne.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20331 Rotunda Honor Is Blocked for World War I Veteran urn:md5:30d2734061d286390e4056dcb30747d6 2011-03-10T15:15:00+01:00 2011-03-10T10:05:32+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.BUCKLES-1-articleInline_t.jpg" />The question of who, once dead, will lie in honor in the Rotunda of the Capitol is one that rises rarely and usually without the gossamer of political controversy. But the family of the longest surviving American World War I veteran, who died last month at 110, has been rebuffed by the leaders of the House and Senate, who have moved to deny the late soldier his day under the dome.<br /> <br /> The family of the veteran, Frank Buckles, assisted by lawmakers from his home state, West Virginia, keep pressing on. Their desire to see Mr. Buckles lie in honor — only federal officials or military officers lie in state in the Rotunda — is not just about him, they insist, but also his fellow doughboys, now committed to history books and fading photos. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/us/09buckles.html">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Rotunda-Honor-Is-Blocked-for-World-War-I-Veteran.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20282 Last Great-Grandson of Ulysses S. Grant Dies in Southwest Missouri at Age 90 urn:md5:412d88f9e6c95aa5f50ab1caf1b35c73 2011-03-09T10:15:00+01:00 2011-03-09T10:12:57+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.Ulysses_S_Grant_t.jpg" />The last surviving great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant has died in a southwest Missouri home brimming with artifacts from the nation's 18th president and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War.<br /> <br /> Ulysses S. Grant VI says his grandfather Ulysses S. Grant V died Wednesday at age 90 at his home near the town of Battlefield, named for its proximity to a Civil War clash. Grant V had previously suffered a stroke.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jrsv8y5qesdL4k4kiUljTaaji-wA?docId=6174819">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/03/Last-Great-Grandson-of-Ulysses-S-Grant-Dies-in-Southwest-Missouri-at-Age-90.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20269 Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110 urn:md5:70dd25d3c7d07e4b9f9b2fee27c94643 2011-02-28T17:15:00+01:00 2011-02-28T17:08:46+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.01buckles_cnd-articleLarge_t.jpg" />Frank Buckles, who drove an Army ambulance in France in 1918 and came to symbolize a generation of embattled young Americans as the last of the World War I doughboys, died Sunday at his home in Charles Town, W. Va. He was 110.<br /> <br /> He was only a corporal and he never got closer than 30 or so miles from the Western Front trenches, but Mr. Buckles became something of a national treasure as the last living link to the two million men who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in “the war to end all wars.”<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/us/01buckles.html?src=mv">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/02/Frank-Buckles-Last-World-War-I-Doughboy-Is-Dead-at-110.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/20190 World's Oldest Woman Eunice Sanborn Dies at 114 urn:md5:b0bca64cc5a82f32fd2bbfcf96d3686a 2011-02-01T09:45:00+01:00 2011-02-01T08:45:57+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="Eunice_Sanborn.jpg, Feb 2011" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.Eunice_Sanborn_t.jpg" />The world's oldest woman, Eunice Sanborn, has died in Texas, US. The US Census Bureau records that her birth was in 1896, making her 114 years old. But she insisted she had been born the previous year, meaning she could have been 115 when she died.<br /> <br /> The title of the oldest living woman now goes to 114-year-old Besse Cooper of the US state of Georgia, according to the Gerontology Research Group.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12332231">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/02/World-s-Oldest-Woman-Eunice-Sanborn-Dies-at-114.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19889 Last Known Lusitania Survivor, 95, Dies urn:md5:635789eac9198d0ce22d35b13e2de316 2011-01-12T19:26:00+01:00 2011-01-12T19:26:27+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="Mrs_Lawson-Johnston.jpg, Jan 2011" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.Mrs_Lawson-Johnston_t.jpg" />The last known survivor from the Lusitania ocean liner that was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915 has died. Audrey Lawson-Johnston from Melchbourne in Bedfordshire died in the early hours of Tuesday aged 95.<br /> <br /> She was three months old when the liner bound for Liverpool from New York sank off the Irish coast on 7 May. Mrs Lawson-Johnston's family had been emigrating to England when the boat was hit in an attack that killed hundreds, including her sisters.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-12161194">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/01/Last-Known-Lusitania-Survivor-95-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19691 Dick Winters, of 'Band of Brothers' Fame, Dies urn:md5:fd7013c630c2ef5ce097213be60059c9 2011-01-10T09:16:00+01:00 2011-01-10T09:16:15+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="Dick_Winters.jpg, Jan 2011" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog_EN_2/.Dick_Winters_t.jpg" />Dick Winters, the former World War II commander whose war story was told in the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died. Dick Winters led a quiet life on his Fredericksburg farm and in his Hershey home until the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers” threw him into the international spotlight. <br /> <br /> On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Winters and his troops from Easy Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, parachuted behind enemy lines to take on a German artillery nest on Utah Beach. His company fought through the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of a death camp at Dachau and to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/01/dick_winters_of_band_of_brothe.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2011/01/Dick-Winters-of-Band-of-Brothers-Fame-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19673 Nazi War Criminal Michael Seifert Dies in Italy urn:md5:834c0e3469b29f35e907c97ce11a25f7 2010-11-07T18:19:00+01:00 2010-11-07T18:19:08+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="seifert.jpg, Nov 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.seifert_t.jpg" />Michael Seifert, a former Nazi SS prison guard known as 'the beast of Bolzano' for his cruelty, has died in an Italian hospital aged 86. He was serving a life sentence in prison in southern Italy, and died in hospital in Caserta where he was admitted several days ago.<br /> <br /> Seifert was convicted in absentia in 2000 by an Italian military tribunal of 11 murders at a prison camp in Bolzano. He was extradited to Italy from Canada in 2008.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11704536">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/11/Nazi-War-Criminal-Michael-Seifert-Dies-in-Italy.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19132 World's Oldest Person, Eugenie Blanchard, Dead at 114 Years Old urn:md5:d91a69886238297f7e22de5ae9d68a39 2010-11-05T21:11:00+01:00 2010-11-05T21:11:12+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="CORRECTION-FRANCE-PEOPLE-RECORD-FILES, Nov 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.eugenie_blanchard_t.jpg" />Eugenie Blanchard lived a really, really long life. The 114-year-old nun—believed to be the world's oldest person — died on Thursday in the French West Indies. Blanchard died in a hospital on Saint-Barthelemy, a French overseas territory where she was also born.<br /> <br /> Now, an East Texan is the oldest person in the world. Eunice G. Sanborn, 114, of Jacksonville, was born on July 20, 1896, five months after Blanchard.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/11/04/2010-11-04_worlds_oldest_person_eugenie_blanchard_dead_at_114_years_old.html">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/11/World-s-Oldest-Person-Eugenie-Blanchard-Dead-at-114-Years-Old.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/19113 Files Reveal Bravery Of WWII Spy urn:md5:684a02759873dbde7e60ac97df243684 2010-09-21T17:38:00+02:00 2010-09-21T16:38:24+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="eileen_nearne.jpg, Sep 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.eileen_nearne_t.jpg" />More details are coming to light on the tragic life of World War II heroine Eileen Nearne, MBE.<br /> <br /> Ms Nearne lived a hermit's life in her Torquay flat and the secrets of her work as a spy only emerged after <a href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/09/War-Heroine-Found-Dead-In-Devon-To-Have-Council-Funeral.html">she died of a heart attack, aged 89, on 2 September 2010</a>.<br /> <br /> Ms Nearne was parachuted into France in 1944 where she worked undercover for the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Her remarkable story is told in files at the National Archives in London. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/devon/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9019000/9019821.stm">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/09/Files-Reveal-Bravery-Of-WWII-Spy.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18639 War Heroine Found Dead In Devon To Have Council Funeral urn:md5:2c0577336a90bacdb1c7b4da256c4520 2010-09-15T11:57:00+02:00 2010-09-15T10:57:33+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="eileen_nearne.jpg, Sep 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.eileen_nearne_t.jpg" />A wartime heroine who was captured three times by the Germans and endured spells in concentration and labour camps is to be buried by a council because no friends or family can be traced.<br /> <br /> Eileen Nearne, 89, who died in her Devon home on 2 September, was one of 39 female agents sent to occupied France in her capacity as a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II.<br /> <br /> Miss Nearne, who was fluent in French, was captured by the Germans just four months after arriving in France, but managed to persuade them she was an innocent French woman.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-11297230">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/09/War-Heroine-Found-Dead-In-Devon-To-Have-Council-Funeral.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18582 Japan Says Over 230,000 Listed Centenarians Can't Be Found urn:md5:e31a1993e67a987f2005d8e53bd23f53 2010-09-10T19:30:00+02:00 2010-09-10T18:31:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="japan-centenarian.jpg, Sep 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.japan-centenarian_t.jpg" />More than 230,000 people listed as alive and at least 100 years old in Japan cannot be found, including 884 who would be 150 or older, officials said Friday.<br /> <br /> Japan, famed for its longevity, launched a nationwide survey after a recent string of grisly discoveries -- including <a href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/Tokyo-s-Oldest-Man-Had-Been-Dead-For-30-Years.html">a mummified man in his bed</a> and an old woman's remains in a backpack -- sparked alarm over the fate of many elderly.<br /> <br /> The cases also triggered soul-searching over elderly people living in isolation, and public outrage at relatives of those missing who have kept their deaths secret in order to keep receiving their pension payments.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jIZ81qj4TAHUCnTOZA8__G5G_fDw">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/09/Japan-Says-Over-230000-Listed-Centenarians-Can-t-Be-Found.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18546 Tokyo's 'Oldest Man' Had Been Dead For 30 Years urn:md5:ad4878183ceb10f6a63a37f86776a5eb 2010-07-30T12:01:00+02:00 2010-07-30T11:01:16+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="birthday-cake.jpg, Jul 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.birthday-cake_t.jpg" />He was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo - but when officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday, they uncovered mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed.<br /> <br /> Mr Kato may have been dead for 30 years according to Japanese authorities.<br /> <br /> They grew suspicious when they went to honour Mr Kato at his address in Adachi ward, but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody".<br /> <br /> Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10809128">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/Tokyo-s-Oldest-Man-Had-Been-Dead-For-30-Years.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18272 African Ancestry Tracing Goes Mobile with AfricanAncestry.com's First Multi-City 'We Are Africa' Road Tour urn:md5:af3cf8e312cc318afe17c39fac1278bd 2010-07-20T16:25:00+02:00 2010-07-20T15:25:44+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="we-are-africa.png, Jul 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.we-are-africa_t.jpg" />If you think ‘Mobile Ancestry’ is another new app … think again! In an old-school move, African Ancestry, the company that pioneered DNA-based ancestry tracing for people of African descent, is going “mobile” by loading up a van, a video camera and one of its co-founders and taking ancestry tracing on a 14-city trek to help African Americans more easily and accurately access their ancestral roots. The first-ever ‘We Are Africa’ Road Tour kicks off on August 1 in New Orleans and culminates on August 19 in New England, hitting 12 cities in between. <br /> <br /> To learn more about African Ancestry’s ‘We Are Africa’ Road Tour and find out more about what’s happening in your city go to <a href="http://www.africanancestry.com/roadtour/">http://www.africanancestry.com/roadtour</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/07/prweb4278704.htm">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/African-Ancestry-Tracing-Goes-Mobile-with-AfricanAncestry.com-s-First-Multi-City-We-Are-Africa-Road-Tour.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18187 UK's Oldest Person Dies Aged 111 urn:md5:637c0f444e217fa350f27ec6fdd6ce9a 2010-07-20T10:20:00+02:00 2010-07-20T09:20:21+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="eunice-bowman.jpg, Jul 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.eunice-bowman_t.jpg" />The oldest person in the UK has died, one month before her 112th birthday.<br /> <br /> Eunice Bowman, who was born in 1898, died peacefully in her sleep at a care home on Tyneside.<br /> <br /> When World War I broke out she went to work for the Armstrong munitions factory in Newcastle and the money she earned was used to help her family.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10690961">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/07/UK-s-Oldest-Person-Dies-Aged-111.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/18185 Nurse In Iconic WWII Photograph Dies Aged 91 urn:md5:d4f39913fb9a6ea64abbb3a8223e03ed 2010-06-23T11:26:00+02:00 2010-06-23T17:47:32+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img title="ms-shain.jpg, Jun 2010" style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.ms-shain_t.jpg" />A 91-year-old who said she was the nurse photographed being kissed in Times Square in New York at the end of World War II has died.<br /> <br /> Edith Shain said she was grabbed and kissed by an unknown American soldier on 14 August 1945.<br /> <br /> The picture by Alfred Eisenstaedt was taken as people celebrated Japan's surrender, and it became an iconic image.<br /> <br /> The identity of the sailor remains disputed. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/us_and_canada/10389200.stm">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/06/Nurse-In-Iconic-WWII-Photograph-Dies-Aged-91.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17937 Death Of Scottish 'Great Escape' Survivor urn:md5:2a122e0a6a825ccae09107c36df49e6a 2010-06-08T10:08:00+02:00 2010-06-08T09:08:00+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.jack-harrison_t.jpg" />A Scot who is believed to be the last survivor of the "Great Escape" from a German prisoner of war camp has died, at the age of 97.<br /> <br /> Jack Harrison took part in the famous breakout from Stalag Luft III in 1944, an event later immortalised on film.<br /> <br /> He missed his chance to flee the camp when the German guards discovered the escape plot.<br /> <br /> Of those who broke out of the camp only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/10259664.stm" hreflang="en">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/06/Death-Of-Scottish-Great-Escape-Survivor.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17793 World's Oldest Person Dies At 114 urn:md5:cd0a9a342cccf119765476b9b605d92d 2010-05-05T01:17:00+02:00 2010-05-05T00:17:13+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.kama-chinen_t.jpg" />Guinness World Records has reported the death of the world's oldest person aged 114 years and 357 days, a week shy of her 115th birthday.<br /> <br /> Kama Chinen, a resident of a sub-tropical island in Okinawa, Japan, died on May 2, 2010. She lived to see three different centuries, the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) commented. <br /> <br /> The title of oldest human now passes to 114-year-old Frenchwoman Eugenie Blanchard, who was born in February 1896. She lives on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, GRG said. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=125474&sectionid=3510210" hreflang="en">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/05/Worlds-Oldest-Person-Dies-At-114.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17523 Whitney Harris, Nuremberg Prosecutor, Dies At 97 urn:md5:4104a4c44c2ccb52c30f5553e9c3e3ca 2010-04-23T11:08:00+02:00 2010-04-23T10:08:05+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.whitney-harris_t.jpg" />Whitney Harris, who was a member of the U.S. legal team that prosecuted Nazis at Nuremberg after World War II, has died. He was 97.<br /> <br /> Harris was the last surviving of the three Nuremberg prosecutors, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said. He died Wednesday at his home in the suburban St. Louis town of Frontenac, according to his stepdaughter, Theresa Galakatos of Richmond Heights. She said he had been battling cancer for three years and had been in and out of the hospital since suffering a fall in his home about six months ago.<br /> <br /> Harris was lead prosecutor in the first of the Nuremberg war-crime trials in 1945 and tried Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the senior surviving leader of the Nazi Security Police. He also helped cross-examine Hermann Goering, Hitler's second-in-command, and helped get the confession of Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Hoess, head of the Auschwitz concentration camp.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i0FRtnPlQRjjpyWCIWuDlLd1asQQD9F8E9E81" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/Whitney-Harris-Nuremberg-Prosecutor-Dies-At-97.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17428 John H. Lauten Dies At 96; Army Captain Helped Plan Invasion Of Normandy urn:md5:3b11dbdb7db6dbfa02a1e6bb24376b2d 2010-04-06T10:08:00+02:00 2010-04-06T09:08:02+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.john-lauten_t.jpg" />John H. Lauten, a lawyer who helped plan the invasion of Normandy as an Army captain during World War II and later became the first non-engineer to oversee the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, has died. He was 96.<br /> <br /> Lauten died of natural causes March 22 at an assisted-living facility in Simi Valley, his family said.<br /> <br /> For heroism during the D-day invasion, Lauten was awarded a Silver Star. He already had received a Bronze Star for heroic action in Algeria in 1942.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-john-lauten6-2010apr06,0,265793.story" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/04/John-H-Lauten-Dies-At-96-Army-Captain-Helped-Plan-Invasion-Of-Normandy.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/17266 Canada's Last WWI Vet Honoured In U.S. urn:md5:f2052fe6f72fbf316525b321090a13bf 2010-02-28T21:22:00+01:00 2010-02-28T21:22:33+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.babcock-funeral_t.jpg" />John Babcock, Canada's last known First World War veteran, was being honoured Saturday in a memorial service in his adopted hometown in Washington state.<br /> <br /> <a hreflang="en" href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/Final-Canadian-WWI-Veteran-Dies.html">Babcock died earlier this month</a> in his home in Spokane at the age of 109.<br /> <br /> Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn and General Walter Natynczyk, Canada's chief of defence staff, were attending the service in Spokane.<br /> <br /> Blackburn was to present Babcock's widow with the flag that flew over Parliament on Feb. 18, the day he died.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2010/02/27/world-war-veteran.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/Canadas-Last-WWI-Vet-Honoured-In-US.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16914 German Officer Who Helped Save Bordeaux's Port From Destruction By Nazi Forces In World War II Has Died urn:md5:79eeb247938975b99d80afd76d7b0139 2010-02-25T19:31:00+01:00 2010-02-25T19:31:34+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="float: left; margin: 0 1em 1em 0;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.henri-salmide_t.jpg" />A former German officer who helped save Bordeaux's port from destruction by Nazi forces in World War II has died.<br /> <br /> Henri Salmide, born Heinz Stahlschmidt, died Tuesday at the age of 92, Alain Moga, the deputy mayor of Bordeaux, said.<br /> <br /> The Germans had a plan to blow up the Bordeaux port before they retreated toward the end of the war.<br /> <br /> Approximately 4,000 fuses needed for the plan were stored in the Mediterranean city's munitions depot. Salmide, then a junior officer in the German navy, defied his superiors and blew up the depot, rendering the fuses useless and saving the port, Moga said. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/25/AR2010022502405.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/German-Officer-Who-Helped-Save-Bordeauxs-Port-From-Destruction-By-Nazi-Forces-In-World-War-II-Has-Died.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16892 Final Canadian WWI Veteran Dies urn:md5:42371e7bd015a5993c861648d7e17fd4 2010-02-19T10:46:00+01:00 2010-02-19T10:46:32+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.john-babcock_t.jpg" />The last Canadian veteran of World War I has died at the age of 109.<br /> <br /> John Babcock enlisted at the age of 15 after lying about his age. He trained in Canada and England but the war ended before he reached the French frontline.<br /> <br /> Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Mr Babcock was Canada's last living link to the Great War.<br /> <br /> Just two other veterans of World War I remain alive: American Frank Buckles, also aged 109, and British-born Australian Claude Choules, who is 108. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8523325.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/Final-Canadian-WWI-Veteran-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16834 Red Army Soldier Who Helped Raise Russian Flag Over Hitler's Reichstag Dies urn:md5:79151ded3ddc8727b677b286e1256626 2010-02-17T22:24:00+01:00 2010-02-17T22:24:55+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.red-army-soldier_t.jpg" />A Red Army soldier who appeared in an iconic photograph of a Soviet flag flying from the ruins of Hitler’s Reichstag has died, aged 93.<br /> <br /> Abdulkhakim Ismailov had fought all the way to Berlin from the Battle of Stalingrad three years earlier, where the destruction of the German Sixth Army turned the tide against the Nazi regime in the Second World War.<br /> <br /> But he was only recognised half a century later as one of three soldiers raising the Hammer and Sickle flag in a picture that was staged by the Tass photographer Yevgeny Khaldei in May 1945, three days after Berlin fell to the Soviet Army.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7030977.ece" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/Red-Army-Soldier-Who-Helped-Raise-Russian-Flag-Over-Hitlers-Reichstag-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16811 Last Speaker Of Ancient Language Of Bo Dies In India urn:md5:9585643301269590e7d096ad8546a31a 2010-02-05T18:13:00+01:00 2010-02-05T18:13:42+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.boa-sr_t.jpg" />The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC.<br /> <br /> Professor Anvita Abbi said that the death of Boa Sr was highly significant because one of the world's oldest languages - Bo - had come to an end.<br /> <br /> She said that India had lost an irreplaceable part of its heritage.<br /> <br /> Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8498534.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/02/Last-Speaker-Of-Ancient-Language-Of-Bo-Dies-In-India.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16744 Anne Frank Diary Guardian Miep Gies Dies Aged 100 urn:md5:1d88b13658fdf3300ea596552a2bb1e6 2010-01-12T17:23:00+01:00 2010-01-12T17:23:08+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.miep-gies_t.jpg" />Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died in the Netherlands aged 100.<br /> <br /> She and other employees of Anne Frank's father Otto supplied food to the family as they hid in a secret annex above the business premises in Amsterdam.<br /> <br /> Anne's diary of their life in hiding, which ended in betrayal, is one of the most famous records of the Holocaust.<br /> <br /> It was rescued by Mrs Gies, who kept it safe until after the war. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8453331.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/01/Anne-Frank-Diary-Guardian-Miep-Gies-Dies-Aged-100.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16533 Hiroshima, Nagasaki Survivor Dies at 93 urn:md5:3c0eeb6c510b07cbb5b2a58a2925817a 2010-01-06T22:23:00+01:00 2010-01-06T22:23:09+01:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.atomic-survivor-yamaguchi_t.jpg" />Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at age 93.<br /> <br /> Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding company on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city.<br /> <br /> He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, about 300 kilometers (190 miles) to the southwest, which suffered a second U.S. atomic bomb attack three days later.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/atomic-bomb-survivor-hiroshima-nagasaki.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2010/01/Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Survivor-Dies-at-93.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/16493 WWII 'Lady of the Air Force' Dies urn:md5:6a6a9c1b244d091249141d0a988c90c0 2009-10-21T09:23:00+02:00 2009-10-21T08:23:36+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.gloria-gwendolyn-grace_t.jpg" />A Tasmanian woman whose portrait remains in the Australian War Memorial's collection as an official image of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) in World War II has passed away.<br /> <br /> Gloria Gwendolyn Grace served as a corporal in the Second World War after enlisting in New Norfolk in 1943.<br /> <br /> Ms Grace died in her aged care home in Melbourne on Tuesday, at the age of 88.<br /> <br /> Family friend, Tasmanian Ron Ruthven, says official Australian war artist Harold Freedman went to great lengths to find Ms Grace to paint her. Mr Ruthven says Freedman passed her in a train station and decided she would become the face of the WAAAF.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/21/2720023.htm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/10/WWII-Lady-of-the-Air-Force-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15812 Edgar Allan Poe Finally Getting Proper Funeral urn:md5:78219c86ab23cf1a9ea8f03eeaebbdf5 2009-10-06T21:38:00+02:00 2009-10-06T20:38:38+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.edgar-allan-poe_t.jpg" />For Edgar Allan Poe, 2009 has been a better year than 1849. After dozens of events in several cities to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, he's about to get the grand funeral that a writer of his stature should have received when he died.<br /> <br /> One hundred sixty years ago, the beleaguered, impoverished Poe was found, delirious and in distress outside a Baltimore tavern. He was never coherent enough to explain what had befallen him since leaving Richmond, Va., a week earlier. He spent four days in a hospital before he died at age 40.<br /> <br /> Poe's cousin, Neilson Poe, never announced his death publicly. Fewer than 10 people attended the hasty funeral for one of the 19th century's greatest writers. And the injustices piled on. Poe's tombstone was destroyed before it could be installed, when a train derailed and crashed into a stonecutter's yard.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gTwLuwAxZ0MvuXuquYaNJyzDu-8AD9B5NHQO0" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/10/Edgar-Allan-Poe-Finally-Getting-Proper-Funeral.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15644 Marek Edelman, Last Surviving Leader of WWII Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Dies at 90 urn:md5:b7a0bb4d366b93fa82caf411a26ffc86 2009-10-03T00:40:00+02:00 2009-10-02T23:40:14+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.marek-edelman_t.jpg" />Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis, died Friday at the age of 90. Edelman died of old age at the family home of his friend Paula Sawicka, where he had lived for the past two years.<br /> <br /> Edelman was born Jan. 1, 1919 in Homel, which was then in eastern Poland and is now in Belarus. His family soon moved to Warsaw.<br /> <br /> When the Nazis invaded Poland on Sept.1, 1939, Edelman was member of Bund, a Jewish socialist organization that later masterminded plans for resistance against the occupying Germans.<br /> <br /> The Nazis "wanted to destroy the people and we fought to protect the people in the ghetto, to extend their lives by a day, or two or five," Edelman said.<br /> <br /> The ghetto fighters inflicted heavy losses on the Germans, but eventually succumbed. More than 55,000 people were killed or deported to Nazi concentration camps when the uprising failed.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hzRG0HzK_aPcbhvAJiyrzuJJBAxg" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/10/Marek-Edelman-Last-Surviving-Leader-of-WWII-Warsaw-Ghetto-Uprising-Dies-at-90.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15597 Gertrude Noone Dies At 110; World's Oldest Known Living Military Veteran urn:md5:b2932ae82e17d8fc2725e55c9a2375c9 2009-09-12T10:07:00+02:00 2009-09-12T09:07:48+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.gertrude-noone_t.jpg" />Gertrude Noone was a 44-year-old insurance policy clerk for Travelers in Hartford, Conn., in 1943 when she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps.<br /> <br /> When she died peacefully Thursday morning at age 110 at an assisted-living facility in Milford, Conn., she was the oldest known living military veteran in the world -- a fact that made her proud.<br /> <br /> Noone, who rose to the rank of sergeant first class, was chief clerk of the large dispensary at Ft. Myer, Va., by the time she left the Army in 1949. She then worked as an administrative assistant at a private psychiatric hospital in Stamford, Conn., until retiring in 1962.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-gertrude-noone12-2009sep12,0,752091.story" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/09/Gertrude-Noone-Dies-At-110-Worlds-Oldest-Known-Living-Military-Veteran.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15397 World's Oldest Person Dies In Los Angeles At 115 urn:md5:cbb170cc8a2649a21bfa7134911b1929 2009-09-11T22:25:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:13:31+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.gertrude-baines_t.jpg" />Gertrude Baines, who lived to be the world's oldest person on a steady diet of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream, died Friday at a nursing home. She was 115.<br /> <br /> Baines, who remarked last year that she enjoyed life so much she wouldn't mind living another 100 years, died in her sleep, said Emma Camanag, administrator at Western Convalescent Hospital.<br /> <br /> The centenarian likely suffered a heart attack, said her longtime physician, Dr. Charles Witt. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.<br /> <br /> "I saw her two days ago, and she was just doing fine," Witt told The Associated Press. "She was in excellent shape. She was mentally alert. She smiled frequently."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iuPqRuHpLY2dDl1KLZB6irSiYAogD9AL9ET80" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/09/Worlds-Oldest-Person-Dies-In-Los-Angeles-At-115.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15392 One Half Of Britain's Longest Married Couple Has Died urn:md5:6c7d098e65e4ada497e20599f5db8773 2009-09-01T21:54:00+02:00 2009-10-08T21:29:26+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.milford-frank-anita_t.jpg" />One half of Britain's longest married couple has died at the Plymouth residential home where he lived with his wife of 81 years.<br /> <br /> Frank Milford met Anita, both 101, at a YMCA dance in Plymouth, Devon, in 1926 and they married two years later.<br /> <br /> The couple said the secret of their marriage was "give and take" and making up after rows with a kiss and cuddle.<br /> <br /> Mr Milford's 76-year-old son, who is also called Frank, said his mother was holding his father's hand when he died. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8232483.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/09/One-Half-Of-Britains-Longest-Married-Couple-Has-Died.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15298 Thousands Mourn Britain’s Oldest Warrior urn:md5:736b6ebfefd5df18f7dea48d68cb92e0 2009-08-07T16:22:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:21:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.harry-patch-funeral_t.jpg" />Harry Patch was past his 100th birthday before he began speaking out about the horrors he endured as a machine gunner in Flanders in World War I, when he survived the fighting at Ypres that was among the bloodiest in a war that took the lives of nearly 900,000 men from Britain and its colonies.<br /> <br /> When Mr. Patch finally broke 80 years of silence, in the final decade of a life that was honored by thousands of mourners who gathered at his funeral on Thursday in this quiet cathedral town set in rolling green hills 140 miles west of London, his message was not the traditional story of valor and patriotism under fire. Rather, he took as his central themes the futility of war and the common humanity of soldiers who meet as enemies on the battlefield.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/world/europe/07funeral.html?hpw" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/08/Thousands-Mourn-Britains-Oldest-Warrior.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15201 The Day The Oldest Man Was Born urn:md5:a56e67f8e0e20e20ea7c735d0d572f2b 2009-08-01T10:08:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:21:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.boat-harbo-samuelson_t.jpg" />British World War I veteran Henry Allingham, until recently the world's oldest man, <a hreflang="en" href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Henry-Allingham-Worlds-Oldest-Man-Laid-To-Rest.html">was buried on Thursday</a>. The headlines about the day he was born, 113 years ago, give a fascinating insight into life in the late 19th Century.<br /> <br /> <a hreflang="en" href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Henry-Allingham-Worlds-Oldest-Man-British-WWI-Veteran-Dies-At-113.html">On the day Henry Allingham's death was announced</a>, swine flu, Moon landings and Michael Jackson were among the topics that ranked highly among readers of the BBC News website. They are subjects which could hardly have been imagined 113 years earlier, when Henry William Allingham emerged into the world.<br /> <br /> Mr Allingham had lived through momentous events that many of us associate more with history books than breaking news stories - the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titantic, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which triggered World War I.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8176238.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/08/The-Day-The-Oldest-Man-Was-Born.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15158 Henry Allingham, World's Oldest Man, Laid To Rest urn:md5:2b6e60248df94b6240e40fb3193b2a37 2009-07-30T21:33:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:13:31+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.allingham-henry-funeral_t.jpg" />Henry Allingham understood the cost of war in his heart, his guts and his bones — and made it his mission to share that knowledge. It seems he succeeded. <br /> <br /> Politicians, military chiefs, a large extended family and hundreds of respectful strangers bade farewell Thursday to Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of Britain's last survivors of World War I.<br /> <br /> Allingham, <a hreflang="en" href="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Henry-Allingham-Worlds-Oldest-Man-British-WWI-Veteran-Dies-At-113.html">who died July 18 at 113</a>, was a modest man who earned a place in history, and spent his final years reminding younger generations of the futility of war.<br /> <br /> Hundreds of people gathered outside the medieval church and broke into applause as Allingham's coffin, draped in a red-white-and-blue Union flag and topped with red roses, was carried into the church by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pallbearers.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iVo-by8QhjXZvMmthJSQaebrmRBQD99OS6A00" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Henry-Allingham-Worlds-Oldest-Man-Laid-To-Rest.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15134 Last UK Veteran Of WWI Trench Battles Dies At 111 urn:md5:f84818ed60fe381b8e51a073063e45c5 2009-07-26T21:25:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:17:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.harry-patch_t.jpg" />Harry Patch, Britain's last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.<br /> <br /> Patch, who died Saturday at 111, was wounded in 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, which he remembered as "mud, mud and more mud mixed together with blood."<br /> <br /> "Anyone who tells you that in the trenches they weren't scared, he's a damned liar: you were scared all the time," Patch was quoted as saying in a book, "The Last Fighting Tommy," written with historian Richard van Emden.<br /> <br /> The Fletcher House care home in Wells, southwest England, said Patch "quietly slipped away" on Saturday morning.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hWde-t7zYV7atjRV2ETHGLQOm5BwD99LIET00" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Last-UK-Veteran-Of-WWI-Trench-Battles-Dies-At-111.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15099 Henry Allingham, World's Oldest Man, British WWI Veteran, Dies At 113 urn:md5:2e8a2bdd31d6d2912e537e0148022159 2009-07-18T13:20:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:13:31+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.henry-allingham-2_t.jpg" />The world's oldest man, 113-year-old World War I veteran Henry Allingham, died Saturday after spending his final years reminding Britain about the 9 million soldiers killed during the conflict.<br /> <br /> Allingham was the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force, which was formed in 1918. He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation. Though nearly blind, he would take the outstretched hands of visitors in both of his, gaze into the eyes of children, veterans and journalists and deliver a message he wanted them all to remember.<br /> <br /> "I want everyone to know," he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. "They died for us."<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZjKR_qGNv13yhzLIx7cR5xMsvTQD99GPPV04" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Henry-Allingham-Worlds-Oldest-Man-British-WWI-Veteran-Dies-At-113.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/15029 Australia's Last WWII Victoria Cross Winner Dies urn:md5:7c4adf0ce53b30e55e8c740a7afd0415 2009-07-09T14:32:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:25:45+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.kenna-edward_t.jpg" />Australia's last surviving World War II recipient of the Victoria Cross, who was awarded the elite medal for storming a Japanese machine gun post, has died aged 90, officials said.<br /> <br /> Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Edward Kenna's death late Wednesday at a nursing home in Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, was a sad day for Australia.<br /> <br /> Gillard said Kenna displayed extraordinary bravery when he single-handedly stormed a Japanese machine-gun nest at Wewak in New Guinea in 1945, firing a Bren gun from his hip with enemy bullets passing under his arms as he advanced.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jN22xlqvmAekM52RFJbhDDgI9uXA" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/07/Australias-Last-WWII-Victoria-Cross-Winner-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14946 British World War I Veteran Henry Allingham Becomes the World's Oldest Man urn:md5:377994bf047d5f46b4ea308314eae881 2009-06-19T17:04:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:21:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.henry-allingham_t.jpg" />Great War veteran Henry Allingham became the world's oldest man today following the death of the previous holder of the title in Japan, Guinness World Records said. Mr Allingham, one of only two surviving First World War veterans in the UK and the last surviving founder member of the RAF, celebrated his 113th birthday on June 6.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/5578406/British-World-War-I-veteran-Henry-Allingham-becomes-the-worlds-oldest-man.html" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/06/British-World-War-I-Veteran-Henry-Allingham-Becomes-the-Worlds-Oldest-Man.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14774 World's Oldest Man Dies at 113 in Japan urn:md5:0fb8e9e6e73b2bb7318e503b8d6d27b4 2009-06-19T11:03:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:21:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.tomoji-tanabe_t.jpg" />The world's oldest man, Tomoji Tanabe, died at his home in southern Japan on Friday at the age of 113, according to a local official.<br /> <br /> Tanabe, who suffered from a chronic heart problem, passed away with his relatives at his bedside, said an official at Miyakonojo City, where he lived.<br /> <br /> "Mr Tanabe was a symbol of Miyakonojo... and cheered up many residents," making the town a byword for longevity, said Mayor Makoto Nagamine.<br /> <br /> The world's oldest known person is 115-year-old Gertrude Baines who lives in Los Angeles.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jGmlpgmV2xL-ref5lfdE8RIt0qKA" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/06/Worlds-Oldest-Man-Dies-at-113-in-Japan.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14767 Australia's Oldest Man, Last WWI Veteran Dies urn:md5:2cb8be7b482422522c5e226602a12330 2009-06-03T22:34:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:21:08+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.jack-ross_t.jpg" />Australia's oldest man and its last surviving veteran of World War I died on Wednesday at the age of 110.<br /> <br /> Jack Ross, who joined the Australian Imperial Force in the last months of World War I 91 years ago, died in his sleep in a nursing home in the southern country town of Bendigo, the Golden Oaks Nursing Home said.<br /> <br /> Ross, who was born in 1899, enlisted in the Australian military that fought with British forces in January 1918 and was trained in the use of radio before being assigned to the 1st Battalion in his native Victoria state.<br /> <br /> But the Great War drew to an end in November of the same year and Ross was demobilised before being posted overseas.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iti8cCvUZ80YOy5tmCgmNXLOfCzA" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/06/Australias-Oldest-Man-Last-WWI-Veteran-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14623 Last Titanic Survivor Dies At 97 urn:md5:1537026471e041a996f478c4f21378b2 2009-06-02T09:08:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:25:45+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.millvina-dean_t.jpg" />The last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic has died aged 97.<br /> <br /> Millvina Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, on its maiden voyage from Southampton.<br /> <br /> The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people in the north Atlantic, largely due to a lack of lifeboats.<br /> <br /> Miss Dean, who remembered nothing of the fateful journey, died on Sunday at the care home in Hampshire where she lived.<br /> <br /> Her family had been travelling in third class to America, where they hoped to start a new life and open a tobacconist's shop in Kansas City.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8070095.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/06/Last-Titanic-Survivor-Dies-At-97.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14592 Great Escape' Gardener, 97, Dies urn:md5:8a7dc762b9600379592fc0c760f5d72b 2009-04-29T12:58:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:25:45+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <img style="margin: 0 1em 1em 0; float: left;" alt="" src="http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/public/Blog%20EN/.great-escape-gardener_t.jpg" />One of the last surviving prisoners of war (PoW) from Stalag Luft III, the focus of the 1963 film The Great Escape, has died in Scotland.<br /> <br /> Alex Lees, 97, and born in Manchester, had been the gardener in the famous PoW camp in Germany during World War II.<br /> <br /> Mr Lees used his work to help get rid of the spoil dug from the escape tunnels at the camp.<br /> <br /> Of those who broke out of the camp only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8023821.stm" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/04/Great-Escape-Gardener-97-Dies.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14364 Illinois Man Awarded Medal of Honor Dies at 89 urn:md5:8d5c67ea52ef621e366ba37f0e567092 2009-04-11T10:37:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:25:45+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People Russell Dunham, an Illinois man who was awarded the Medal of Honor after killing nine German soldiers and taking two others captive while wounded during World War II, has died. He was 89.<br /> <br /> Dunham died Monday of heart failure at his home in the southwestern Illinois community of Godfrey, said his stepdaughter, Annette Wilson. He had moved there just weeks ago from nearby Jerseyville.<br /> <br /> Dunham never considered himself a hero on Jan. 8, 1945, when he charged a hill near Kayserberg, France, despite being wounded in the back, Wilson said Thursday.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iGXpn0_fFigoKXriIcEh7rz4bvQwD97F6S7G0" hreflang="en">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/04/Illinois-Man-Awarded-Medal-of-Honor-Dies-at-89.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14209 Veteran is UK's Oldest Ever Man urn:md5:d5cbeb67006c2d8757ae266443b4fb91 2009-03-29T21:25:00+02:00 2009-09-11T23:17:07+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People The UK's oldest man has reached a new milestone by becoming the oldest ever British man, after clocking up 112 years and 296 days.<br /> <br /> Henry Allingham has lived longer than Welshman John Evans, who died in 1990 aged 112 years and 295 days.<br /> <br /> Mr Allingham is one of two surviving World War I veterans in the UK and is also the oldest Royal Navy veteran.<br /> <br /> Mr Allingham, who has dedicated much of his time in recent years to giving talks to schoolchildren about his experiences, will be 113 years old on 6 June.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/sussex/7970710.stm" hreflang="en">Source & Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/03/Veteran-is-UKs-Oldest-Ever-Man.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14076 U.S. Historian John Hope Franklin Dies at 94 urn:md5:0b85c8be52944f084bb0b422a121dece 2009-03-26T09:19:00+01:00 2009-09-11T23:25:45+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People U.S. historian and civil rights advocate John Hope Franklin, credited with helping create the field of African-American history, died on Wednesday at age 94, Duke University said.<br /> <br /> Franklin's book "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans," published in 1947, is still considered the definitive account of the black experience in America. The longtime Duke professor died of congestive heart failure at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE52P0AI20090326" hreflang="en">Source &amp; Full Story</a> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/03/US-Historian-John-Hope-Franklin-Dies-at-94.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/14036 Bill Stone, Last British Forces Veteran Of World Wars, Dies Aged 108 urn:md5:cb4223fde26ff9a64c427d361ecfe31d 2009-01-14T21:37:00+01:00 2009-09-11T23:18:26+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People <p>Bill Stone was one of just three surviving veterans of the First World War in Britain, having joined the Royal Navy on his 18th birthday and followed his three older brothers by serving as a Stoker.</p> <p>As well as taking part in a round-the-world 'Empire Cruise' visiting the Colonies onboard HMS Hood, he took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, served in the 1943 Sicily landings, experienced first-hand the horrors of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic and cut the hair of General Franco's brother on rescuing him from a stricken plane. </p> <p>During the Second World War he was appointed chief demolition officer for the western half of Australia.</p> <p>If Japan had succeeded in invading Australia it would have been his responsibility to blow up the key strategic harbour of Fremantle, near Perth, Western Australia, to make it useless to the enemy. </p> <p><a hreflang="en" href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/4225479/Bill-Stone-last-British-forces-veteran-of-world-wars-dies-aged-108.html">Source</a></p> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2009/01/Bill-Stone-Last-British-Forces-Veteran-Of-World-Wars-Dies-Aged-108.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/13432 Sad News: Keith Wilson, The Creator Of iFamily For Leopard Has Passed Away urn:md5:48d461e54ae8e1a362678b690cf7394e 2008-12-01T22:16:00+01:00 2009-10-07T23:11:27+02:00 Geneanet (Jean-Yves) Deceased People I just read <a href="http://macgenealogist.com/a-tribute-to-keith-wilson/" hreflang="en">this post from Ben Sayer</a> sharing that <em>"The Mac genealogy community has suffered a significant loss. Keith Wilson, the creator of <a hreflang="en" href="http://www.ifamilyforleopard.com/">iFamily for Leopard</a> (and Tiger before that), passed away unexpectedly on November 2nd. I’ve called him a maverick and meant it with great respect. His ingenious contributions will be missed."</em> http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2008/12/Sad-News%3A-Keith-Wilson-The-Creator-Of-iFamily-For-Leopard-Has-Passed-Away.html#comment-form http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/feed/atom/comments/13212