Last Salute to Oldest War Veteran
As discussed in Monday's class, there are only a small number of veterans that fought in World War One and earlier that still survive. One of these heroes, Alfred Anderson of Scotland, died last week and his achievements are briefly featured in a section of the BBC's website. What's even more astonishing is that not only did Alfred Anderson fight in World War I, but up until his death he clearly remembered the Boer War and the return of the troops from the Boer War. Doing research on the Boer War to understand its context within The General, it is extremely saddening to think that we lost one of the few human beings left that was alive during such an historical event and of whom can no longer visibly remind us of the sacrifices made for our safety and security today. He was also thought to have been the longest surviving veteran of the 1914 Christmas truce. Alfred Anderson died in a nursing home at the very ripe age 109.