Florence Green in uniform
My thanks to an anonymous commenter who drew my attention to this piece of news. It marks the end of an era.
Just an hour or so ago the BBC reported that Florence Green, the last known surviving service member of World War I, has died. She was aged 110.
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. She leaves behind three children, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Born in London Mrs Green was 17 years old when she joined the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) on 13 September 1918 - two months before the armistice. She worked as a waitress on RAF bases in Norfolk.
Some people may cavil at Florence's inclusion as a WWI veteran but she was in uniform and she did her bit.
Rest in Peace