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Last veteran of World War One dies at 109 (Scotland)
The Scotsman ^ | Tue 22 Nov 2005 | FRANK URQUHART

Posted on 11/23/2005 12:24:08 PM PST by SittinYonder

SCOTLAND'S last surviving veteran of the First World War, and the country's oldest man, died peacefully at a nursing home yesterday aged 109 - severing the last tangible link between the nation and the 690,235 Scots who served in the Great War.

Alfred Anderson was the last of the "Old Contemptibles" - the British expeditionary force which went to war in 1914 - and the last surviving witness of the historic Christmas truce when opposing troops declared a brief and unofficial ceasefire to play football and share drinks and cigarettes in the hell of no man's land. Mr Anderson served with the 5th Battalion the Black Watch until he was wounded by shrapnel in 1916.

Yesterday, members of his former regiment, Jack McConnell, the First Minister, and the Royal British Legion joined in paying tribute to the "dignified and unassuming" hero of the war that was supposed to end all wars.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.scotsman.com ...


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Am leaving work to go be with my family for Thanksgiving, but I read this in yesterday's The Scotsman and thought it might hold some interest for some.

Happy Thanksgiving!

1 posted on 11/23/2005 12:24:09 PM PST by SittinYonder
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To: SittinYonder; SandRat

BTTT


2 posted on 11/23/2005 12:26:03 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: SittinYonder

Wow.

Just wow.


3 posted on 11/23/2005 12:26:05 PM PST by eyespysomething (This ashtray, the paddlegame, the remote control, the lamp and the chair. That's all I need!)
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To: SittinYonder
...whenever I read about someone over 100 years old I think of just how much history he has seen....


Doogle
4 posted on 11/23/2005 12:27:05 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: eyespysomething; NormsRevenge; SevenofNine; 11th_VA

Pinging because I thought you might have an interest that the last Scot vet of WWI died. Also last guy alive to have been at the Christmas cease fire of 1914 ...


Happy Thanksgiving


5 posted on 11/23/2005 12:27:42 PM PST by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: eyespysomething

Can you post the pic so I can come home?


6 posted on 11/23/2005 12:28:11 PM PST by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: SittinYonder

anyone have any idea how many vets other than scottish vets are left?


7 posted on 11/23/2005 12:28:53 PM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

I've wondered that, too. Can't be many left.


8 posted on 11/23/2005 12:30:31 PM PST by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: Doogle

He remembered where he was when he heard that the Titanic sank.


9 posted on 11/23/2005 12:30:37 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: SittinYonder

Yet some of FR insist that there is nothing Christian about Christmas and that it is just a pagan holiday that we shouldn't get worked up over when it gets slighted with the PC "happy holidays".

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and have a Merry Christmas season.


10 posted on 11/23/2005 12:31:00 PM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: SittinYonder

seeing that thing about the truce gives me shivers. so much respect between the two armies, and it shows even through hell some things can overcome differences (go football, i assume they mean soccer, for the US, even better:-P)


11 posted on 11/23/2005 12:36:07 PM PST by DTwistedSisterS
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To: mainepatsfan

at 16...yeah he should of..

Doogle


12 posted on 11/23/2005 12:36:09 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: SittinYonder; HiJinx; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Skyraider; Old Sarge; WakeUpAndVote; txradioguy; ...
the last surviving witness of the historic Christmas truce when opposing troops declared a brief and unofficial ceasefire to play football and share drinks and cigarettes in the hell of no man's land.

I had read about this!! Thanks for posting - may he rest in peace.

13 posted on 11/23/2005 12:38:54 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Vaquero

It seems I recall that the last Australian vet of WW1 died several weeks ago.

This article published somewhere else said there were fewer than 10 remaining in the UK.

I imagine the number here stateside is very low also.

God bless you Scotsman. Rest in peace. Well done!


14 posted on 11/23/2005 12:41:17 PM PST by armydawg1 (" America must win this war..." PVT Martin Treptow, KIA, WW1)
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To: SittinYonder

Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving to you too.


15 posted on 11/23/2005 12:47:15 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: SittinYonder

Same age as my Grandfather, except my Grandfather came down with Pall Mall flu clear back in '61. It's just amazing to think of all one could see in 109 years.


16 posted on 11/23/2005 12:47:43 PM PST by SoDak (Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: SittinYonder
He said: "I'm the last man standing - the last surviving Scottish soldier from the Great War. It's up to me to remember all those who have gone before."

My great uncle died in that war and the loss still echoes through our family.

17 posted on 11/23/2005 12:51:24 PM PST by newsworthy (Culture is the engine of history.)
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To: Vaquero
anyone have any idea how many vets other than scottish vets are left?

Around a humdred, worldwide:

http://tinyurl.com/bwc86

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_Veterans_of_the_First_World_War#World_Totals

18 posted on 11/23/2005 12:53:09 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: SittinYonder
And God said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is indeed mortal and their days of life will be 120 years." (Genesis 6:3)

He still had 11 years to go ... God bless this Scotsman ...

19 posted on 11/23/2005 12:55:15 PM PST by TexGuy
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To: Vaquero

I think I read a couple months back that Australia's last WW1 vet died...

109 year old Scot veteran! The history of aviation isn't that long.


20 posted on 11/23/2005 12:56:21 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: SittinYonder

May you rest in peace brave Sir.


21 posted on 11/23/2005 12:56:44 PM PST by sandbar
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To: SittinYonder; All

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Sacrifice begets Sacrifice.


MEL's -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085111/posts


...just for the LOVE of it.

.


22 posted on 11/23/2005 1:34:26 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: newsworthy

My great uncle died in that war also.


23 posted on 11/23/2005 1:58:30 PM PST by eyespysomething (This ashtray, the paddlegame, the remote control, the lamp and the chair. That's all I need!)
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To: SittinYonder
Doesn't look too bad for 109!


24 posted on 11/23/2005 1:59:56 PM PST by eyespysomething (This ashtray, the paddlegame, the remote control, the lamp and the chair. That's all I need!)
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To: Vaquero

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004615.html


25 posted on 11/23/2005 2:30:34 PM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

Those numbers are a bit dated, and the WWI vets are leaving us quickly at this point. The last estimate I saw put the number of living WWI combat veterans at less than 50 in the US, and even that number was drawn up about a year ago.


26 posted on 11/23/2005 2:46:56 PM PST by Arthalion
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To: SittinYonder
1896-2005

Lived in three centuries.

Amazing.

27 posted on 11/23/2005 2:50:40 PM PST by wireman
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To: SittinYonder

Wow. Truly a witness to history. And an end to an era.


28 posted on 11/23/2005 3:05:21 PM PST by IronJack
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To: The Drowning Witch

Ping


29 posted on 11/23/2005 3:06:46 PM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Fiddlstix; StarCMC; Bethbg79; bentfeather; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; ...
Scotland the Brave

Amazing Grace


30 posted on 11/23/2005 3:15:45 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SittinYonder

Brings one back to when the last CW vet died in the 50s. My generation still had a few around in the late 40's - 50's. Soon we'll be reading about the last WWII vet. Speak to them now, their stories won't be available in a few more years.


31 posted on 11/23/2005 3:19:39 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2008, if elected YOU DESERVE HER (and HIM! AGAIN!))
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To: SandRat

32 posted on 11/23/2005 3:27:21 PM PST by Lady Jag (Honor - Dignity - Courage - Troll Consumption)
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To: SittinYonder
Statement: "Last veteran of World War One dies at 109 (Scotland)"

Response: Ave atque vale frater.

33 posted on 11/23/2005 3:31:54 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SittinYonder; All
When I was in Scotland I was in a small town that had a huge war memorial and very long list of names. I asked about it and was told the ratio of young men to women at the end of WWI was 15 women to 1 man in that town.

During the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 the British literally lined up 27 divisions and charged 16 German divisions. By that evening over 58,000 British soldiers lay dead or wounded on that small battlefield. About 1 of 3 were dead. The battle lasted into the winter of that year. The British lost 420,000 men, the French lost 200,000 men and the Germans lost about 500,000 men. The British penetration at its furtherest point was 12km.

Pray we never see anything like that.
34 posted on 11/23/2005 4:55:01 PM PST by U S Army EOD (I NEED TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TAG LINE)
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To: U S Army EOD

I saw an earlier thread regarding this Tommy. He was a witness to the Christmas Truce of 1914.


35 posted on 11/23/2005 4:57:14 PM PST by mware (Keeper of the I's.)
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To: mware

Christmas in the Trenches
(John McCutcheon)




My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool.
Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school.
To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here
I fought for King and country I love dear.
'Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung,
The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung
Our families back in England were toasting us that day
Their brave and glorious lads so far away.

I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground
When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound
Says I, ``Now listen up, me boys!'' each soldier strained to hear
As one young German voice sang out so clear.
``He's singing bloody well, you know!'' my partner says to me
Soon, one by one, each German voice joined in harmony
The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more
As Christmas brought us respite from the war
As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent
``God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen'' struck up some lads from Kent
The next they sang was ``Stille Nacht.'' ``Tis `Silent Night','' says I
And in two tongues one song filled up that sky
``There's someone coming toward us!'' the front line sentry cried
All sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their side
His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shown on that plain so bright
As he, bravely, strode unarmed into the night
Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man's Land
With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand
We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well
And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell
We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home
These sons and fathers far away from families of their own
Young Sanders played his squeezebox and they had a violin
This curious and unlikely band of men


Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more
With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war
But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night
``Whose family have I fixed within my sights?''
'Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung
The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung
For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war
Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore


My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I, I've learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we're the same


36 posted on 11/23/2005 4:58:54 PM PST by mware (Keeper of the I's.)
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To: mware

That is when they had the soccer game. After that incident, both the Germans and the British had to move the troops involved to another area. They basically refused to fight each other.

PS; The Germans still claim they won the soccer match.


37 posted on 11/23/2005 5:00:31 PM PST by U S Army EOD (I NEED TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TAG LINE)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I plan to be reading about the next to the last of the Vietnam vets dying.


38 posted on 11/23/2005 5:03:28 PM PST by U S Army EOD (I NEED TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TAG LINE)
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To: U S Army EOD

If you are interested in read a very well researched book on the Christmas Truce, get Stanley Weintraub's, Silent Night, The story of the World War I Christmas Truce.


39 posted on 11/23/2005 5:04:51 PM PST by mware (Keeper of the I's.)
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To: Doogle

I often think that of my mom who is 101. She has gone from horse and wagon, horse and buggy, first cars, first planes, etc.


40 posted on 11/23/2005 5:08:51 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: U S Army EOD

The Christmas Truce was portrayed in the movie "Oh What A Lovely War". The movie was a rather facetious semi-musical, but the Truce scenes were much like those described here. One of my favorite lines was from a kilted Scot who said something like "We dinna start this, THEY did" (pointing to the nearby English).


41 posted on 11/23/2005 5:09:05 PM PST by 19th LA Inf
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To: 19th LA Inf

My favorite story about a so called truce was when a French pilot shot down a German over France. He landed next to the German who was not injured and captured him and decided to take him to a local bar. When the French police showed up to haul the German off, the French pilot gave him his pistol back. They ran the police off and went back to drinking.

When I lived in Savannah, GA I had a guy who worked on the engine of my sailboat who was a WWII fighter pilot who was shot down over Italy. He was captured and put in a POW compound. He said the German who shot him down would come and see him, have him swear he would not try to escape and take him into the local town. He said this went on for a while until the German pilot didn't come back anymore. He said he has always wondered what happened to him.


42 posted on 11/23/2005 5:40:53 PM PST by U S Army EOD (I NEED TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TAG LINE)
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To: SittinYonder

Thanks for posting, have a good holiday.


43 posted on 11/23/2005 5:45:53 PM PST by Eva
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To: MamaB

You are blessed to have your mother still with you. My mother was 72 when my grandmother died. It drove my mother's second husband crazy that he wasn't the eldest member of the family.


44 posted on 11/23/2005 6:01:19 PM PST by Eva
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To: U S Army EOD

"I plan to be reading about the next to the last of the Vietnam vets dying."


I hope its about my murder by a jealous 30 year old husband, should be an interesting read?


45 posted on 11/23/2005 6:18:07 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2008, if elected YOU DESERVE HER (and HIM! AGAIN!))
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To: SittinYonder

For those of us with grandfathers from the 'Great War', we're starting to feel old .. (thanks for the ping)


46 posted on 11/23/2005 6:47:37 PM PST by 11th_VA (Geezee Freepin Peezee ...)
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To: MamaB
My grandmother just turned 100 in September. She's healthy as a horse and doesn't take any medication - the only person to do so in her hursing home. She lived by herself until about three years ago when my father found her outside in an an ice storm, locked out of the house, confused as to where she was. She has no short term memory at all, but otherwise is in perfct health - especially for a 100 year old!!

Bad news is: she's actually a step-grandmother, so I don't share any of her genes!

47 posted on 11/23/2005 7:07:37 PM PST by SW6906 (5 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Good idea, I will tell him it was you instead of me.


48 posted on 11/23/2005 7:11:10 PM PST by U S Army EOD (I NEED TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER TAG LINE)
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To: SoDak

Pall Mall Flu.Good one.


49 posted on 11/23/2005 8:58:06 PM PST by satchmodog9 ( Seventy million spent on the lefts Christmas present and all they got was a Scooter)
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To: SittinYonder

Rest in Peace Mr. Anderson. "Nemo Me Impune Lecessit"


50 posted on 11/23/2005 9:16:58 PM PST by Pompah
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