We have heard much of celebrity death in recent months, but lets turn away from so called celebrity's to those who lived life in the raw, and survived to a greater amount than any of these other names could have managed.
Lets turn from those who have set a record in individual nations to those who have created international records that blaze throughout the world.
Lets turn from those who record the news and the events of history to one who not only lived history but made history become his story.
Henry Allingham! Who is he you, you may ask.
Personally I had never heard of him untill I saw him on parade on the annual Remembrance Day Parade in London. When I say I saw him, it was through the medium of the TV. There he was freshly faced, despite his age. A TRUE veteran.
I know some have differring definitions of veteran, but for some of us being a veteran is more than being in the army for a short period of time. It means being there with your life on the line. Actually being in a war. Here is one such as that who has proved himself to be a born survivor ....................... for 113 years!
Henry Allingham, the oldest surviving serviceman from the First World War, has died today at the age of 113.
He served with the Royal Navy Air Serviceduring the Great War (1914 -18 first World War), later transferring to the Royal Air Force when it was formed by Lord Trenchard on the 1st April, 1918. (Yes I know, 1st April is April Fools Day, but try telling that to a Veteran such as this). He also served at Ypres in the same war.
Less than a month ago, Mr Allingham was declared the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records.
Tomoji Tanabe, the previous world's oldest man, died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan earlier. He was also 113 years old.
Mr Allingham celebrated his 113th birthday on June 6.
In March, he received an upgraded Legion d'Honneur from the French ambassador in London and was made the first honorary lifetime member of the Royal Naval Association.
He was also presented with a doctorate in engineering from Southampton Solent University and was made an honorary freeman of his home city of Brighton and Hove in April.
Mr Allingham, whose life spanned three centuries and six monarchs, has five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.