Open main menu

Henry Allingham (1896–2009), was a First World War veteran, and the longest-lived British man ever, at 113 years and 42 days. Pictured in 2006, aged 110.

British supercentenarians are citizens, residents or emigrants from the United Kingdom who have attained or surpassed 110 years of age. As of January 2015, the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) had validated the longevity claims of 154 British supercentenarians, including 23 emigrants who died in other nations.[1] The oldest known British person ever was Charlotte Hughes who died in 1993 at the age of 115 years, 228 days.[2] The oldest man ever from the United Kingdom was Henry Allingham who died in 2009 at the age of 113 years, 42 days.[3] Currently, the oldest living British person is Gwen Payne, born 5 August 1907, aged 112 years, 15 days.[4]

Contents

100 oldest British people everEdit

  Deceased   Living

Rank Name Sex Birth date Death date Age Country of birth Country of death
or residence
01 Charlotte Hughes[2] F 1 August 1877 17 March 1993 115 years, 228 days England England
02 Annie Jennings[2] F 12 November 1884 20 November 1999 115 years, 8 days England England
03 Eva Morris[2] F 8 November 1885 2 November 2000 114 years, 360 days England England
04 Ethel Lang[5] F 27 May 1900 15 January 2015 114 years, 233 days England England
05 Anna Eliza Williams[2] F 2 June 1873 27 December 1987 114 years, 208 days England Wales
06 Grace Clawson[2] F 15 November 1887 28 May 2002 114 years, 194 days England United States
07 Lucy Jane Askew[2] F 8 September 1883 9 December 1997 114 years, 92 days England England
08 Florrie Baldwin[6] F 31 March 1896 8 May 2010 114 years, 38 days England England
09 Amy Hulmes[2] F 5 October 1887 27 October 2001 114 years, 22 days England England
10 Miriam Carpelan[1] F 8 July 1882 22 June 1996 113 years, 350 days England United States
11 Grace Adelaide Jones[2] F 7 December 1899 14 November 2013 113 years, 342 days England England
12 Olive Boar[5] F 29 September 1904 28 August 2018 113 years, 333 days England England
13 Bessie Camm[5] F 20 June 1904 11 May 2018 113 years, 325 days England England
14 Rosa Ann Comfort[2] F 21 January 1879 6 November 1992 113 years, 290 days England England
15 Lucy d'Abreu[2] F 24 May 1892 7 December 2005 113 years, 197 days British Raj[a] Scotland
16 Gladys Hooper[2] F 18 January 1903 9 July 2016 113 years, 173 days England England
17 Daisy Adams[2] F 30 June 1880 8 December 1993 113 years, 161 days England England
18 Kathleen Snavely[5] F 16 February 1902 6 July 2015 113 years, 140 days Ireland[b] United States
19 Florence Finch[2] F 22 December 1893 10 April 2007 113 years, 109 days England New Zealand
20 Betsy Baker[2] F 20 August 1842 24 October 1955 113 years, 65 days England United States
21 Henry Allingham[3] M 6 June 1896 18 July 2009 113 years, 42 days England England
22 Annie Scott[2] F 15 March 1883 21 April 1996 113 years, 37 days Ireland[b] Scotland
23 Ruby Gilliam[2] F 21 September 1885 22 October 1998 113 years, 31 days England England
24 Alice Sjöquist[1] F 25 October 1878 7 November 1991 113 years, 13 days England Canada
25 Rebecca Hewison[2] F 19 October 1881 22 September 1994 112 years, 338 days England England
26 John Evans[2] M 19 August 1877 10 June 1990 112 years, 295 days Wales Wales
27 Grace Catherine Jones[5][7] F 16 September 1906 7 June 2019 112 years, 264 days England England
28 Henrietta Irwin[5] F 27 May 1906 15 January 2019 112 years, 233 days Ireland[b] Canada
29 Alice Ducat[5] F 8 May 1905 22 December 2017 112 years, 228 days Scotland England
30 Margaret Vivian[5] F 25 February 1906 20 September 2018 112 years, 207 days Scotland Australia
31 Amelia England[8] F 15 May 1900 30 November 2012 112 years, 199 days England United States
32 Jane Gray[5] F 1 December 1901 7 June 2014 112 years, 188 days Scotland Australia
33 Nellie Bradley[2] F 12 September 1889 11 March 2002 112 years, 180 days England England
Violet Wood[8] F 2 September 1899 29 February 2012 England England
35 Gladys Ivy Hawley[2] F 18 December 1891 28 April 2004 112 years, 132 days England England
36 Annie Butler[5] F 4 June 1897 28 September 2009 112 years, 116 days England England
37 Kathleen McManners[1] F 6 July 1901 20 September 2013 112 years, 76 days England England
38 Florence Pittaway[5] F 15 October 1902 21 December 2014 112 years, 67 days England England
39 Mary Ann Hebden[2] F 4 October 1893 30 November 2005 112 years, 57 days England England
40 Edith Ingamells[2] F 12 January 1894 1 March 2006 112 years, 48 days England England
41 Mary Ellen Swan[2] F 24 June 1892 10 August 2004 112 years, 47 days England Canada
42 Alice Stevenson[2] F 10 July 1861 18 August 1973 112 years, 39 days England England
43 Jeanetta Thomas[2] F 2 December 1869 5 January 1982 112 years, 34 days Wales Wales
44 Gwen Payne[4] F 5 August 1907 Living 112 years, 15 days England England
45 Margaret Fish[9] F 7 March 1899 12 March 2011 112 years, 5 days England England
46 Annie Price[2] F 12 January 1886 26 December 1997 111 years, 348 days Wales England
47 Annie Turnbull[5] F 21 September 1898 3 September 2010 111 years, 347 days Scotland Scotland
Ellen Watson[9] F 3 January 1900 16 December 2011 England England
49 Ellaline Redmond[1] F 20 March 1901 27 February 2013 111 years, 344 days England England
50 Ada Roe[2] F 6 February 1858 11 January 1970 111 years, 339 days England England
51 Eunice Bowman[5] F 23 August 1898 26 July 2010 111 years, 337 days England England
52 Helen Haward[2] F 24 November 1884 23 October 1996 111 years, 334 days England England
53 Katherine Plunket[10] F 22 November 1820 14 October 1932 111 years, 327 days Ireland[b] Ireland
Dorothy Baldwin[5] F 8 February 1902 1 January 2014 England England
55 Mary Ann Fewster[2] F 6 February 1878 26 December 1989 111 years, 323 days England England
56 Florence Pannell[2] F 26 December 1868 20 October 1980 111 years, 299 days England England
Edith Kaufmann[5] F 12 December 1903 7 October 2015 Austria-Hungary[c] England
58 Rose Hart[2] F 20 March 1878 5 January 1990 111 years, 291 days England England
59 Ivy Frampton[5] F 22 November 1903 5 September 2015 111 years, 287 days England England
60 Elsie Steele[6] F 6 January 1899 18 October 2010 111 years, 285 days England England
61 John Mosely Turner[2] M 15 June 1856 21 March 1968 111 years, 280 days England England
62 Dorothy Peel[5] F 28 September 1902 24 June 2014 111 years, 269 days England England
63 Irene Pearce[8] F 5 January 1901 6 September 2012 111 years, 245 days England England
Avice Clarke[8] F 17 May 1900 17 January 2012 England United States
65 Kate Begbie[2] F 9 January 1877 5 September 1988 111 years, 240 days England Scotland
66 Hermione Cock[5] F 1 March 1904 24 October 2015 111 years, 237 days England England
67 Marion Sawyer[1] F 5 July 1901 26 February 2013 111 years, 236 days England United States
68 Louisa Aspland[2] F 5 March 1888 21 October 1999 111 years, 230 days England England
69 Gladys Good[9] F 12 March 1900 24 October 2011 111 years, 226 days England Wales
70 Annie Bannell[2] F 12 February 1882 10 September 1993 111 years, 210 days England England
71 Elizabeth Jones[2] F 20 August 1888 10 March 2000 111 years, 203 days England England
72 Jane Webster[11] F 17 April 1906 31 October 2017 111 years, 197 days Ireland[b] England
73 Florence Reeves[2] F 17 February 1894 28 August 2005 111 years, 192 days England England
74 Margaret Cooke[8] F 15 September 1900 18 March 2012 111 years, 185 days England England
75 Victoria Southan[9] F 24 May 1900 22 November 2011 111 years, 182 days England England
76 Florence Deuchar[2] F 18 February 1882 16 August 1993 111 years, 179 days England England
Mabel Frary[2] F 16 September 1892 13 March 2004 England England
Frances Malin[12][13] F 23 March 1906 18 September 2017 England England
79 Annie Knight[2] F 6 June 1895 27 November 2006 111 years, 174 days Scotland Scotland
80 Hilda Clulow[14] F 15 March 1908 Living 111 years, 158 days England England
81 George Frederick Ives[2] M 17 November 1881 12 April 1993 111 years, 146 days England Canada
82 Robert Weighton[15] M 29 March 1908 Living 111 years, 144 days England England
83 Violet Davies-Evans[16] F 30 March 1908 Living 111 years, 143 days England England
84 Doris Lilian Cornell[17] F 21 August 1904 11 January 2016 111 years, 143 days England Canada
85 Emmeline Brice[2] F 9 March 1895 26 July 2006 111 years, 139 days England England
86 Aida Mason[2] F 24 September 1895 9 February 2007 111 years, 138 days England England
87 Emily Calvert[2] F 30 August 1893 13 January 2005 111 years, 136 days England England
88 Annie Meston[5] F 12 November 1903 22 March 2015 111 years, 130 days England England
89 Louisa Shephard[5] F 14 September 1898 19 January 2010 111 years, 127 days Wales Wales
Alfred Smith[18] M 29 March 1908 3 August 2019 Scotland Scotland
91 Constance Shepherd[2] F 16 February 1893 19 June 2004 111 years, 124 days England England
92 Rose Heeley[2] F 25 August 1864 24 December 1975 111 years, 121 days England England
93 Annie Townsend[2] F 20 May 1883 11 September 1994 111 years, 114 days England England
94 Daisy Bastin[19] F 3 May 1908 Living 111 years, 109 days England England
95 Bessie Roffey[20] F 2 March 1897 17 June 2008 111 years, 107 days England Canada
96 Jane Redpath[2] F 3 March 1889 16 June 2000 111 years, 105 days Scotland Scotland
97 Alma Rayward[5] F 3 October 1903 15 January 2015 111 years, 104 days England England
98 Anne de Clerque-Wissocq de Sousberghe (a.k.a. Sœur Romain)[21][22] F 7 November 1904 12 February 2016 111 years, 97 days Belgium England
Vera Pigott[23] F 8 July 1905 13 October 2016 England England
100 Margaret Dolan[5] F 30 August 1893 2 December 2004 111 years, 94 days Ireland[b] Ireland

BiographiesEdit

Betsy BakerEdit

Betsy Baker (August 20, 1842 – October 24, 1955) was born Betsy Ann Russell in Great Brington, England, emigrated to the United States, settled in Nebraska, and became the world's oldest person.[24] She lived for 65 years in Johnson County, where she was called "the Queen mother of the Johnson County Fair" in 1953. At age 107, she received a congratulations letter from president Harry S. Truman. She was featured upon her 112th birthday in the US Army magazine Stars and Stripes.[24] She died in Tecumseh, aged 113 years and 65 days.[24]

Baker was the first supercentenarian listed by Guinness World Records as the world's then-oldest person.[24] In 2002, researchers confirmed she had been the world's oldest living person by modern verification standards for an unknown period of time prior to her death in 1955.[24][25] She was the second person in the world (after Delina Filkins) to have reached the age of 113 and to have been validated by modern standards.[25]

Jeanetta ThomasEdit

Jeanetta Jane Thomas (2 December 1869 – 5 January 1982)[2] of Llantrisant, Wales, was a British supercentenarian and was mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records in the 1980s. She was a child of quarry owning parents.[26] Thomas spent her youth in London working as a seamstress. At the age of around 40, she returned to Wales to open a drapery shop, which she ran until the age of 98.[27] She was also the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from 20 October 1980 until her death, at the age of 112 years and 34 days.

From the age of 107, Thomas resided at a nursing home at Cowbridge, Wales.[27] A photograph of her, which was taken the day before her 112th birthday, appeared in The Times. Had Thomas lived another six days, she would have broken the British longevity record which at that time was held by Alice Stevenson. Thomas still holds the record for the oldest Welsh-born woman ever, although Welshman John Evans and English-born Anna Eliza Williams (who died in Wales) both lived longer.[citation needed]

Daisy AdamsEdit

Daisy Irene Adams (née Woodward; 30 June 1880 – 8 December 1993) was for about nine months the oldest person in the UK, between 17 March 1993 and her death on 8 December 1993. She was from Church Gresley, Derbyshire. She died at the age of 113 years and 161 days, and outlived her husband and three of her five children. Her husband died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, meaning that she was widowed in her thirties. Adams was a teetotaler and ate little. Her son Ted put her longevity down to "living a quiet life".[28]

Rebecca HewisonEdit

Rebecca Hewison (née Ramsdale; 19 October 1881 – 22 September 1994) was a British supercentenarian and the oldest person living in Britain until her death aged 112 years, 338 days.[29] Born in Grimsby, Hewison was the fourth child of six born to Will, a timber merchant, and Betsy-Ann Ramsdale. She married George Hewison, a stonemason, in Grimsby in 1905. In 1938 she moved to be with her daughter Frances in North London. Later in 1963 the family moved to Berrynarbor in Devon until Hewison was 105 when she returned to her hometown of Grimsby. In 1990 she met the Queen Mother at RAF Scampton. She also was a supporter of Grimsby Town football club and met the team in 1991, the year she turned 110 and also the year that the team completed a second successive promotion. Hewison was also taken for flights in aeroplanes and helicopters at Humberside Airport.[citation needed]

Lucy Jane AskewEdit

Lucy Jane Askew (8 September 1883 – 9 December 1997) was an English supercentenarian and the oldest person in Europe at the time of her death at the age of 114 years and 92 days. Askew was born and died in Loughton, Essex. She was born to Arthur George Askew and Susan Elizabeth Askew née Ellis, prosperous cartage contractors, cab proprietors, and landowners. Lucy had five other siblings, all of whom she outlived, although three of them also lived past 100. Askew never married and was a devout Christian, attending the Loughton Union Church. Askew moved into a nursing home when she was 106 and survived a leg operation at 108. She was in good health until shortly before her death when she died peacefully in her sleep. She attributed her longevity to a modest lifestyle.[30][31]

Amy HulmesEdit

Amy Isabel Hulmes née Matthews (5 October 1887 – 27 October 2001)[2] from Bury, Greater Manchester, England, was a British supercentenarian who became the oldest person in Britain after the death of Eva Morris in November 2000, until her death at the age of 114 years and 22 days.[2] She was also thought to be the oldest person in the world, before the discovery of Maude Farris-Luse who was nine months older. Hulmes was the youngest of nine children, and gave up smoking at the age of 84. She could reportedly still touch her toes at the age of 105.[32][33]

Edith IngamellsEdit

Edith 'Judy' Ingamells (née Gude; 12 January 1894 – 1 March 2006)[34] was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom, following the death of 113-year-old Lucy d'Abreu on 7 December 2005, until her death aged 112 years 48 days. Judy's successor as the UK's oldest living person was Emmeline Brice.[35]

Born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, Ingamells, nicknamed "Judy", moved to Enfield, London at the beginning of the Second World War, where she married a florist, Percy, who worked for a family firm based in Covent Garden. She lived in other areas around England, and worked as a milliner before coming back to settle in Enfield in 1990. Ingamells had three daughters, five grandchildren, four great-grand children and two great-great-grandchildren. When serenaded with wartime songs on her 112th birthday, Ingamells responded "I don't like war songs. Who wants to remember something as horrible as the war?".[34] The secret to Ingamells' longevity, said daughter Pat Bull at the time of her 111th birthday, was to "never look back, always look forward, which she is certainly doing".[36]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ d'Abreu was born in Dharwar, which was then part of the British Raj. It is now in India.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Government of Ireland Act 1920: The whole of the island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom before 1921.
  3. ^ Kaufmann was born in Děčín, then part of Austria-Hungary, now in the Czech Republic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wikkerink, Marco; Kroczek, Waclaw Jan (1 January 2015). "GRG Database by Nation". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az GRG Verified Supercentenarian Cases - United Kingdom (As of 16 April 2007) Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b GRG Deaths for 2009 (in Chronological Order) (as of 24 December 2010) Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b Bob Ogley (8 August 2019). "The oldest living person in the UK lives in a cottage in Sevenoaks". kentlive.news. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Epstein, Louis; Young, Robert; Adams, Johnny; Muir, Mark (31 May 2019). "GRG World Supercentenarian Rankings List". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b GRG Deaths for 2010 (in Chronological Order) (as of 10 April 2011) Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  7. ^ Bell, Bethan (16 September 2018). "Oldest person in the UK: How has life changed?". BBC News. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e "GRG Deaths in 2012". grg.org. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d "GRG Deaths in 2011". grg.org. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Table B - Verified Supercentenarians (by Chronological Age)". Gerontology Research Group. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Jean Webster, longest-lived person born in Northern Ireland". henleystandard.co.uk. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  12. ^ Sophie Biddle (24 March 2016). "King's Lynn woman celebrates 110th birthday". edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Frances Malin". legacy.com. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Super Hilda celebrates 111th birthday". BBC News. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Britain's oldest men turn 111 years old". BBC News. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  16. ^ Ransome, Jeremy (29 March 2019). "Lincolnshire's oldest resident celebrates 111th birthday in Spalding tomorrow". Spalding Today. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Everybody Has a Story — Lilian Cornell: Supercentenarian". mysask.com.
  18. ^ "Scotland's oldest man Alfred Smith dies aged 111". heraldscotland.com. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  19. ^ Elisa Menendez (3 May 2019). "Onions are secret to long life says woman who just turned 111". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  20. ^ GRG Deaths for 2008 (in Chronological Order) (as of 12 May 2011) Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  21. ^ "Sr. Anne de Sousberghe RIP". Society of Helpers. February 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  22. ^ Cornwell, Megan; Stanford, Peter (12 February 2016). "Britain's oldest nun dies aged 111". The Tablet. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  23. ^ Natalie Tipping (18 October 2016). "Maidstone supercentenarian Vera Pigott dies at the age of 111 at Sutton Valence Care Home on North Street". kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  24. ^ a b c d e Kral, E.A. "Nebraska's centenarians age 107 or above — 1867 to 2001" (PDF). Nebraska Health Care Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  25. ^ a b Kral, E.A. (7 May 2010). "NEHCA list of Nebraska supercentenarians" (PDF). Nebraska Health Care Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 March 2012.
  26. ^ The Guardian - 7 January 1982 (page 7)
  27. ^ a b "Oldest woman dies aged 112". The Guardian. 7 January 1982. p. 1.
  28. ^ "Oldest Briton dies". The Times. 9 December 1993.
  29. ^ Roger Thatcher. The Demography of Centenarians in England and Wales. JSTOR 3030263.
  30. ^ "Britain's oldest woman dies at 114". BBC News. 10 December 1997. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  31. ^ "Britain's oldest woman dies at 114". The Scotsman. 11 December 1997.
  32. ^ Ward, David (14 June 2001). "Accolades for a stout survivor from the Victorian era". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  33. ^ "Woman who was oldest dies at 114". The Telegraph. 3 November 2001.
  34. ^ a b Southern, Kate (15 March 2006). "UK's Oldest woman dies". EnfieldIndependent. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  35. ^ "UK's oldest woman dies aged 111". BBC News. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  36. ^ Southern, Kate (20 January 2005). "Judy, 111, is the greatest gran". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 28 June 2006.