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Last Updated: Saturday June 06 2009 13:53 GMT

Britain's oldest man turns 113

Henry Allingham

Britain's oldest man has reached his 113th birthday.

Henry Allingham is one of Britain's two remaining veterans of the First World War, and one of the founder members of the Royal Air Force.

A party is being held in his honour by the Royal Navy, because before he joined the RAF in 1918, he was in the Royal Navy Air Service.

Most of Mr Allingham's family now live in the USA, and he has one great-great-great-grandchild.

Mr Allingham also has five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Until 2006, Mr Allingham lived an independent life in Eastbourne, but moved into a care home.

He became Britain's oldest man when he reached 112 years and 296 days, surpassing Welshman John Evans who died in 1990.