He’s now the last living man to have fought in both the First and Second World Wars.
And 108-year-old Worcestershire veteran Claude Choules has revealed the secret to his incredible long life: “Not dying.”
Tributes poured in last week after the death of the world’s oldest man, Britain’s Henry Allingham, who died at the age of 113, and on Saturday the only other British veteran of the First World War, Harry Patch, died aged 111.
Their sad passing means Claude is now one of only three survivors of the Great War worldwide.
Born in Wyre Piddle, near Pershore, in 1901, the patriotic youngster lied about his age to join the Royal Navy at just 14.
Claude served aboard HMS Revenge during the Great War, seeing many sea battles and witnessing the surrender of the German Imperial Navy.
After the First World War, Claude served in the battleship Valiant with the Mediterranean Fleet.
He was later transferred temporarily to the Royal Australian Navy in 1926 to work as a torpedo instructor at a naval depot.
But he decided he enjoyed the sunshine Down Under too much to return to the Midlands – and made the transfer permanent, setting up home in Perth.
Claude later served as a chief demolition officer in western Australia to guard against the possibility of a Japanese invasion during the Second World War.
He was later transferred to the Naval Dockyard Police where he served until he retired.
His daughter, Anne Power, herself in her 80s, said her dad was a loving father to his three children and dedicated husband to Ethel. They were married for 80 years until her death, aged 98.
Several years ago Claude was one of a handful of surviving First World War veterans who featured in a BBC documentary called The Last Tommy.
He once said the secret to his longevity was simple: “Don’t die.”