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Europes Oldest Man Turns 113

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Europe’s oldest man marks 113th birthday…

The oldest man in Europe has recently celebrated his 113th birthday, becoming a teenager for the second time.

On Sunday 6th June, Henry Allingham joined family members and representatives of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for a party in his honor held aboard the HMS President in London.

Mr Allingham’s birthday marks another landmark for a man who is the last surviving founder member of the RAF and whose life has spanned three centuries and six monarchs.

RAF And Navy Veteran Is Europes Oldest Man

After being greeted by generations of his family, he posed for photographers and declared:

“It’s wonderful, I never expected this honor.”

Whilst the celebrations took place, a Mark 8 Royal Navy Lynx helicopter bearing Britons white ensign flew overhead.

A birthday cake and card signed by the First Sea Lord was then delivered to Mr Allingham at the dockside by fast-raiding craft of the Royal Marines.

Aboard the HMS President, Rear Admiral Simon Charlier, the head of the Fleet Air Arm, led a champagne toast to Mr Allingham followed by a rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

Before cutting his cake, Mr Allingham said: “You are all so kind to me, I wish you all well.”

When asked the secret of his long life, he replied: “I don’t know, but I would say be as good as you possibly can.”

Paying tribute to him, Admiral Charlier said: “It is an absolute privilege to host this event. This year is the centenary of naval aviation and yet Henry goes back way before that.”

Mr Allingham has five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in September 1915 before transferring to the RAF in April 1918 and is the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland.

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