And the Young People ask, “What are they marching for?”

by Kieran Healy on November 10, 2007

The five surviving British veterans of the first world war.



joel turnipseed 11.10.07 at 5:40 am

Minnesota Public Radio re-broadcast this show, from 2006, today. Powerful stuff. I didn’t fact-check it, but according to the Amazon comments, there are only three of the ten U.S. veterans interviewed for that show still living (as of August 2007).

It’s pretty astonishing that any are still around.


joel turnipseed 11.10.07 at 5:48 am

… couldn’t let it rest: Of the 14 total surviving U.S. veterans of WWI when the documentary was made, there are now 4 who remain alive.

Plus: You can listen to the documentary at the MPR web site.


Eszter 11.10.07 at 12:43 pm

Pretty fascinating, I agree that it’s amazing there are several who are still alive, in both cases.


kid bitzer 11.11.07 at 1:08 am

2 out of 5 were apprentice plumbers??

there were many more plumbers in edwardian england than we think?

being a plumber’s apprentice confers astounding anti-aging properties?



loren 11.11.07 at 3:23 am

I would have saved that title for April 25th rather than November 11th. But remarkable stories, yes.


ajay 11.12.07 at 10:53 am

4: apparently two out of five of them are also the last living veteran of Jutland. Better editing needed, I think.


The Modesto Kid 11.12.07 at 9:23 pm

4 who remain alive

The NY Times has a piece today on the only one of those 4 who saw combat.

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