Britain's oldest surviving first world war veteran, Jack Davis, formerly of
the 6th Battalion Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry, has died. He was 108.
Mr Davis "just peacefully drifted away" at a nursing home in Stoke
Hammond, Buckinghamshire, yesterday morning, said his son Ken.
Mr Davis, who escaped the battle of the Somme in 1916 because he contracted
trench fever, was the oldest survivor of the war, said the World War One Veterans
The horrors of the trenches remained with Mr Davis throughout his life, his
"He always expressed the opinion of how futile war can be. He used to
say, 'So many soldiers go to their deaths in a war, and in many cases for what
reason?' He abhorred war."
Despite his age and frailty, Mr Davis was excited that in April he had met
the Prince of Wales, commander-in-chief of his old regiment, at a reunion of
the veterans' association.
Mr Davis was born on March 1 1895 in Kentish Town, north London, one of 16