Thursday, October 20, 2005

Last Aussie digger to fight in WWI dies

And, some gave all-

The last Australian to fight in World War I, William Evan Allan, has died at the age of 106.

The death of the former sailor in a Melbourne nursing home on Monday night leaves just one Australian World War I serviceman still alive, but one who never saw active service.

Mr Allan, who was also the last surviving veteran to see active service in both world wars, will be honoured with a state funeral, the Victorian government announced.

The former seaman, who enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy at the age of just 14 shortly before the outbreak of war, passed away at the Gregory Lodge nursing home at Flemington, said Veterans Affairs Minister De-Anne Kelly.

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