July 25, 2003 by

Jack Davis

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Jack Davis, Britain’s oldest World War I veteran, died on July 20 of natural causes. He was 108.
Davis joined the army when he was 19. He fought in France and Belgium, and was present at the 1915 battle of Ypres, where German forces used poison gas for the first time.
Just before the Battle of the Somme in 1916, Davis came down with trench fever and was unable to fight. The next day, 19,240 British men were killed. Davis recuperated and returned to the Western Front until the war ended.
“The conditions in which we fought that war were disgusting and distressing and I never thought after that experience that this country would ever go to war again,” Davis once said.

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