The British man believed to be the last surviving combat veteran of World War I is celebrating his 110th birthday.
He emigrated to Australia before World War II, and now lives in a nursing home in Perth.
Raised by his father, young Claude wanted to be a bugler in the Army and tried to lie about his age so that he could be recruited.
When he failed, his father got him onto a Royal Navy training ship instead and he joined up in 1916 at the age of 14.
During the Great War, Claude was a seaman with the first battle squadron and served aboard its flagship HMS Revenge.
As a young sailor, he bore witness to one of the most remarkable episodes of the war – the surrender of the German Imperial Navy and its scuttling in 1918 at Scapa Flow, off the Orkneys.
He is now blind and almost totally deaf – a veteran with a failing body but a still sprightly mind.
His family is putting on a small celebration in Perth, but say he is not too fussed about reaching the milestone of his 110th birthday.
He is a modest man who feels slightly embarrassed by the attention he has received.
In the mid-1920s, Claude came to Australia on loan from the Royal Navy and then took up a permanent transfer to the Royal Australian Navy.
A demolition expert, he was tasked with laying booby traps in Fremantle harbour, which would have been exploded in the event of a Japanese invasion of Australia.
He is also the last known veteran to have served in both world wars.
Claude has three children and 11 grandchildren. He is now a widower, following the death of his wife, Ethel, three years ago. They had been married for 80 years.
Claude Choules was born on March 3rd, 1901 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Choules
March 3rd, 1901
3 + 3 +1+9+0+1 = 17 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Longevity.
And true to his 17 life lesson, he turned 110 years old this year.