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Henry Allingham Bus

Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove

Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove

Henry Allingham was Europe's oldest living man in 2009 at the amazing age of 113. He is still the oldest British man to have ever lived. He lived in our centre in Brighton and was exceptionally honoured with a bus name while still alive, due to his record breaking longevity and in recognition of his distinguished service.

Henry was a WWI veteran, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, as an Air Mechanic. In 1917 he was posted to the Western Front and was involved in the Ypres offensive. After this he was posted to Dunkirk where he remained for the rest of the war.

Henry was transferred to the RAF upon its creation in 1918 (having been formed from the merging of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.)

Upon his death he was recognised as the last surviving founding member. He also had 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.