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John Campbell Ross (11 March 1899 – 3 June 2009) was at the time of his death Australia's oldest living person and the last Australian veteran of World War I.

John Campbell Ross
Nickname(s)Jack
Born(1899-03-11)11 March 1899
Newtown, Via Maryborough, Victoria.
Died3 June 2009
(aged 110 years, 84 days)
Bendigo, Victoria
Allegiance Australia
Service/branchAustralian Imperial Force
Volunteer Defence Corps
Years of service1918
1943–1945
RankCorporal
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsCentenary Medal

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Early life and familyEdit

Born in Newtown, via Maryborough, Victoria, Ross served as a wireless operator in the Australian Imperial Force, enlisting in January 1918, but never left Australia or saw active service. He later went on to serve in World War II as a corporal with the 20th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps.[1]

His wife, Irene (née Laird), predeceased him by several decades. He was survived by a son, Robert (dec.) a daughter, Peggy Ashburn, four grandchildren - Jeanette, Heather, Kay, and John – and nine great-grandchildren.[1]

HonoursEdit

On 11 November 1998, Ross had been awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Medal to mark the end of World War I. He had also been awarded the Centenary Medal for contributing to Australian society in the 100 years since federation.[1]

The death of William Evan Allan in October 2005 left Ross as the last Australian digger from World War I. However, the English-born Claude Choules, a World War I veteran who served for Britain, lived in Western Australia. Ross became Australia's oldest man at the age of 108, on 12 June 2007, upon the death of Frank Scarrabelotti. Following the death of 112-year-old E. Beatrice Riley, he was verified as the oldest living person in Australia.

Ross celebrated his 110th birthday with chocolates and cake and a commemorative letter from the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.[2]

DeathEdit

As a civilian, Ross worked for Victorian Railways until he retired in 1964. Ross died peacefully in his sleep at approximately 4 am. at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in Bendigo on 3 June 2009, aged 110 years, 84 days.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Last remaining Digger: Australia's oldest man Jack Ross dies aged 110". The Age. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Australia's oldest man, 110, dies". BBC News. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.

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