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World's oldest man Henry Allingham dies aged 113

world Updated: Jul 18, 2009 14:35 IST

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The world's oldest man Henry Allingham has died at the age of 113.

St Dunstan's care home in Ovingdean, near Brighton on England's south coast, says Allingham died early on Saturday. He was one of only two surviving World War I veterans in Britain and had been the world's oldest man since June 19.

Allingham joined the Royal Naval Air Service _ precursor to the Royal Air Force _ in 1915, and a year later took part in the Battle of Jutland, the war's largest naval battle. During World War II he worked on measures to counter magnetic mines.

He co-wrote an autobiography, "Kitchener's Last Volunteer," _ a reference to Britain's war secretary who rallied men to the cause _ and was made an Officer of France's Legion of Honor.