UK man is world's oldest at 113
World War I veteran Henry Allingham is the world's oldest man following the death of a 113-year-old in Japan, Guinness World Records has confirmed.
Mr Allingham, one of only two surviving WWI veterans in the UK and the last surviving founder member of the RAF, was born on 6 June 1896.
He was born in Clapton, London, and now lives at St Dunstan's Centre for blind ex-service personnel near Brighton.
Tomoji Tanabe died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan, aged 113.
Mr Tanabe was named as the world's oldest man in June 2007 and credited his longevity to drinking a daily glass of milk.
'Take in stride'
Mr Allingham's friend and chaperone, Dennis Goodwin, said: "It's staggering. [Henry] is philosophical.
"He will take it in his stride, like he does everything else.
"He withdraws in himself and he chews it over like he does all the things he has done in his life.
"That's his secret I think."...
There are some great pictures of Mr Allingham's life, starting with one when he was a little boy. One of my favourites, though, was this one:
Henry Allingham, the oldest man in the world. When asked for the secret of his long life, he always says: "cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women."
How cool it would be to spend time with this fine gentlemen, and listen to some of the many stories I am sure he has to share. For the rest of this great story, and to get a sense of how to REALLY live, go to the BBC here.
CONGRATULATIONS, Mr. Allingham! And many more happy birthday celebrations to you.