Henry Allingham, a 113-year-old World War 1 veteran and the world's oldest man died Saturday in his sleep in a care home in England.
Allingham was the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force, which was formed in 1918. He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation.
Guinness World Records on June 20 announced Allingham who turned 113 on June 6 to be the world's oldest man after the previous incumbent, Tomoji Tanabe, died in his sleep at his home in Japan, also at the age of 113.
Allingham was one of just three remaining serviceman from World War one. He once jokingly credited his long life to cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women.
He was born in 1896, the same year Henry Ford created the Ford Quadricycle, the forerunner of the modern day car.
The world's oldest man is survived by five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.