Florence Beatrice Green, 1901 - 2012

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 by Travis Cody in

Florence Beatrice Green (nee Patterson) of Great Britain, the last known veteran of World War I, has died.  She was 110.

She deserved better of me.  I did not see the announcement of her death two months ago.  I frequently searched on her name, and I simply missed that she had died.  The passing of the last person under military service in WWI requires commemoration.

Ms Green was 17 when she joined the Women's Royal Air Force, serving from 1918 through the end of the war as an officers' mess steward at RAF Marham and at Narborough airfield in the UK.

Ms Green was married for 55 years, until the death of her husband Walter Green in 1975.  On her birthday in 2011, someone asked what it felt like to be 110.  She said, "Not much different to being 109".

She sounds like a real pip.

I say again as I have said before, it is the nature of time that they leave us.  I make the choice granted me by liberty and freedom to remember their service and sacrifice, and to honor it always.

Peace to you, Ms Green.  You earned it.

Florence Beatrice Green
19 February 1901 - 4 February 2012


  1. Wow. She must have been an incredibly strong woman!

  1. Anonymous says:

    It leaves an interesting hole in my heart . . . Nice triute Trav.

  1. Jean says:

    Sad to see our history go. What a wonderful tribute. I bet she had tons of stories to tell. Peace to the Green family and all who knew her.