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In Britain, Farewell To One Of The Last WWI Veterans

Henry Allingham, who died earlier this month at the age of 113, was given a farewell befitting a veteran of World War I today.

ITN News put together this video montage, including footage of the "flypast" by five replica WWI aircraft:

As the BBC reported, Allingham jokingly attributed his longevity to "whiskey and wild, wild women." During the war, he served for a time on the western front as a mechanic for the Royal Naval Air Service.

Allingham's death was followed shortly by the passing of Britain's last survivor of the WWI trenches, Harry Patch. He was 111.

According to the BBC, "the sole (remaining) British survivor of the war is former seaman Claude Choules, who is aged 108 and lives in Perth, Australia."

The last known American veteran of the war is Frank Buckles. The Library of Congress has posted audio and video clips of Buckles speaking about his WWI experiences in the Army, as well as biographical information and photos. Buckles, of Charles Town, W.Va., is 108.