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World's oldest man dies aged 113

Henry Allingham on his 113th birthday on 6 June 2009

The world's oldest man, and the last surviving founder member of the Royal Air Force, has died at the age of 113.

Henry Allingham, who was born on 6 June 1896, was one of the last people left alive in Britain who fought in the First World War.

He died in his sleep at a care home in Brighton, where staff described him as "an amazing character".

The Queen, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Gordon Brown are among those who've paid tribute to Mr Allingham.

The Queen said he was "one of the generation who sacrificed so much for us all".

Mr Brown said his thoughts were with Mr Allingham's family as they "mourn his passing but celebrate his life".

"I had the privilege of meeting Henry many times," he said. "He was a tremendous character, one of the last representatives of a generation of tremendous characters."

Mr Allingham leaves five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.