One of France's last WWI soldiers dies at 107

1st September 2005, Comments 0 comments

ARGENTON-SUR-CREUSE, France, Sept 1 (AFP) - André Debry, one of the last surviving French soldiers who fought in World War I, has died aged 107, two weeks after celebrating his 81st wedding anniversary, his family said Thursday.

ARGENTON-SUR-CREUSE, France, Sept 1 (AFP) - André Debry, one of the last surviving French soldiers who fought in World War I, has died aged 107, two weeks after celebrating his 81st wedding anniversary, his family said Thursday.

Debry and his wife Marguerite, who is 100, were believed to be the world's oldest married couple.

Born in 1898, Debry joined the artillery when he was enlisted in 1917. He married in 1924 and worked as a teacher till his retirement in 1957. He died on Wednesday.

Only eight "poilus" -- as French World War I soldiers were known -- are believed to be still alive.

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