90th anniversary of the First World War - Henry Allingham RNAS survivor
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05/27/2005, 13:32:25

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Airman who sailed at Jutland and lived the horror of Passchendaele
By Ben Fenton
(Filed: 02/08/2004)

Henry Allingham is one of the two dozen men to survive until the 90th anniversary of the First World War.

In 1914 he joined the Royal Naval Air Service and, because he already worked as a car mechanic, soon became a Mechanic 1st Class. In 1916, after 18 months flying coastal patrols from Great Yarmouth he was transferred to the destroyer Kingfisher, one of the first vessels to carry an aircraft, as it prepared to rendezvous with the Grand Fleet as it searched for the German navy and subsequently took part in the battle at Jutland.

The German fleet remained stuck in port after Jutland and, with the Royal Flying Corps desperate for reinforcements on the Western Front, Henry was among hundreds of his fellows sent to France in early 1917 and took part in the battle at Passchendaele.

. Demobilised in 1919, Henry went back to his former job as a car mechanic.

Now 108 years old, the memories of that long-past war keep him company in his third-floor flat near the seafront in Eastbourne, Sussex.

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