Oldest living person in the UK: Grace Jones
Grace Catherine Jones (née Rich, born 16 September 1906) from Broadway, Worcestershire is an English supercentenarian. At the age of 112, Grace is the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 113-year-old Olive Boar on 28 August 2018.
She was born in Liverpool, and was the youngest of eight children born to Henry Banks Rich (1861-1932) and Sarah Alice Eilbeck (1867-1910). During her 20s, she owned a millinery factory in Liverpool. She married Leonard Roderick Jones (1907-1986), a chief engineer, in 1933, and has a daughter, Deirdre.
Grace has lived in many places during her lifetime, including Cheshire, Derbyshire, North Wales, and Sidmouth in Devon, where she lived until 2006. She then moved to the Cotswolds to be closer to her daughter.
She attributes her longevity to a daily drink of whisky before bed, which she has had every day for over 60 years.
Oldest living person born in the UK: Ettie Irwin
Henrietta "Ettie" Irwin (née Picton, born 27 May 1906) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and lives in Milton, Ontario, Canada. At the age of 112, Ettie is the oldest living person who was born in the United Kingdom following the death of 112-year-old Margaret Vivian from Australia (25 February 1906 - 20 September 2018), who was born in Scotland.
Ettie was the eldest of four children born to Francis Patrick Picton and Mary Jane Robinson. She married Norman Irwin, and has two children, Peter and Deirdre.
Joint-oldest living man in the UK: Alf Smith
Alfred "Alf" Smith (born 6.30AM 29 March 1908) from St Madoes, Perth and Kinross is a Scottish supercentenarian. At the age of 110, Alf is the joint-oldest living person in the United Kingdom along with Bob Weighton from England, who was also born on 29 March 1908.
Alf was born in Invergowrie, and was the fifth of six children born to John Smith and Janet Todd Dow (1872-1936). In 1927 he moved to Canada, but returned five years later. For most of his life, he worked as a farmer in Kinfauns in the Carse of Gowrie.
Alf married Isabella Duncan Harper (1906-2003) in 1937 and had two children, Irene and Allan.
After a fall in August 2016, Alf now lives with his daughter Irene in St Madoes, Perth and Kinross.
Joint-oldest living man in the UK: Bob Weighton
Robert Grant Pitts "Bob" Weighton (born 29 March 1908) from Alton, Hampshire is an English supercentenarian. At the age of 110, Bob is the joint-oldest living person in the United Kingdom along with Alf Smith from Scotland, who was also born on 29 March 1908. His time of birth is not known as it was not customary to include this detail on English birth certificates.
Bob was born in Hull, and was the fourth of seven children born to Arthur Weighton (1871-1955) and Eliza Pitts (1870-1936). After leaving school at 16, he began an engineering apprenticeship. However due to to the Great Depression, there were no jobs.
He moved to Japan to learn the language, before moving to Taiwan in 1933 to start a job as an English teacher. There he met his future wife Agnes Kinver (1908-1995), and they later married in Hong Kong in 1937. They had three children, David, Peter, and Dorothy.
While returning to the UK in 1939, his ship was diverted to Canada due to the Second World War and the family became refugees in Vancouver. They later moved to Denver, USA. He initially worked as an engineering supervisor, but was later recruited to decipher Japanese messages during the war due to his knowledge of the language.
The family returned to the UK in 1946 and Bob worked as an engineering lecturer at City University, London for 25 years. He later retired and moved to Alton, Hampshire, where he still lives.
Oldest living men and women by country
The oldest woman living in England and the UK is Grace Jones, born 16 September 1906.
The oldest man living in England is Bob Weighton, born 29 March 1908.
The oldest woman living in Scotland is thought to be Marjorie Burton, born 23 August 1909.
The oldest man living in Scotland is Alf Smith, born 29 March 1908.
The oldest woman living in Wales is thought to be Maria Heward, born 9 February 1910. The oldest living woman born in Wales is thought to be Sarah Priest from England, born 7 November 1908.
The oldest man living in Wales is thought to be Searson Thompson, born 16 December 1911.
The oldest woman living in Northern Ireland is thought to be Maud Nicholl, born 3 July 1909. The oldest living woman born in Northern Ireland (and the UK) is Henrietta Irwin from Canada, born 27 May 1906.
The oldest man living in Northern Ireland is thought to be USA-born Billy Duffy, born 22 April 1913.
The oldest woman living in the Isle of Man is currently unknown after the death of Elvira Clarke, 18 September 1911 - 5 January 2018.
The oldest man living in the Isle of Man is currently unknown.
The oldest person living in Guernsey is thought to be Ruth Berry, born 19 November 1909.
The oldest person living in Jersey is thought to be Beryl Le Gros, born 30 August 1910. Joyce Bevir, born 19 August 1909, who lives in England, is thought to be the oldest living person to have been born in Jersey.
The oldest living twins in the UK are thought to be Phyllis Jones and Irene Crump (born 20 November 1916).
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