Claude Choules, last WW1 combatant, dies in Australia

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Briton Claude Choules, the last World War I combat veteran, has died aged 110 in Australia, media reports said on Thursday.

Choules passed away at his hostel home in Perth on Wednesday evening, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.

He was declared the last known survivor of the more than 70 million military personnel mobilised globally during World War I after American veteran Frank Buckles died earlier this year.

The only other surviving veteran of The Great War is said to be Britain's Florence Green, who served with the Royal Air Force in a non-combat role and is now aged 110.

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