Alf Smith
Alf Smith
Alf Smith at the age of 107
Birth: 29 March 1908
Invergowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: 4 August 2019
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Age: 111 years, 128 days
Country: UK Flag UK
Alfred Smith (29 March 1908 – 4 August 2019) was a British supercentenarian who is the oldest man ever from Scotland and was the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom, a title he shared with Bob Weighton of England at the time of his death.[1]


Early Life

Alfred Smith was born in Invergowrie, and was the fifth of six sons born to John and Jessie Smith.[2] He attended Invegowrie Primary School and Harris Academy, before leaving school at the age of 14.[3] He emigrated to Canada with his eldest brother in 1927, but later moved back to Scotland to help run the family farm following the death of his father.[4]

Smith married Isobel Harper in 1937, and the couple had two children, Allan (died 2016) and Irene.[3] Smith served in the Home Guard during the Second World War.[2]

Later Life

Following the death of his wife aged 97 in 2003, Smith lived alone in his St. Madoes, Scotland. He later moved to live with his daughter following a fall in August 2016.[3] He became a supercentenarian in March 2018.[5]

Smith became the oldest living man in Scotland following the death of Tom MacIver on 18 April 2014. Along with Bob Weighton, he became the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom following the death of John Mansfield on 27 November 2016. Smith and Weighton reportedly exchanged cards every year, including on their 111th birthdays.[6] Smith died on 4 August 2019 at the age of 111 years, 128 days.[7]



United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

George Stanforth • John Mosley Turner • John Leng • Frederick Butterfield • James Harrow • Ernest Oxley • Harry Durrant • Arthur Emanuel • James Sellers • Walter Sandford • George Simms • Henry Norman • John Orton • Alfred Grant • John Evans • Samuel Crabbe • Joseph Randle • Jesse Yewdall • William Proctor • David Davies • Vinson Gulliver • David Henderson • Harry Halford • William Lee • Frederick Moore • Harry Laverick • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Henry Allingham • Harry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Edward Anderson • Reg Dean • Ralph Tarrant • Harold Bracher • Frank Simes • John Mansfield • Alf Smith • Bob Weighton • Harry Fransman

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