Amy Hulmes
Amy Hulmes
Birth: 5 October 1887
Bury, England, UK
Death: 27 October 2001
Bury, England, UK
Age: 114 years, 22 days
Country: UK Flag UK

Amy Isabel Hulmes (née Matthews; 5 October 1887 – 27 October 2001) was a British supercentenarian, who was the oldest living person in Europe from the death of Marie Bremont on 6 June 2001, until her own death on 27 October 2001.[1]


Hulmes was born in Bury, Greater Manchester. Her father, John Matthews, was a drum major in the Lancashire fusiliers, and was nursed by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.[2]

Amy was the youngest of nine children: two sisters died three years before she was born and two brothers died in army service.[2] She became a weaver and married Philip Hulmes in 1919, he died in 1956. The couple had two daughters, Marjorie in 1924 and Barbara in 1927, who both survived her. At her death she also had five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She gave up smoking at the age of 84, and lived in a house without hot water untul the age of 94. She could also reportedly touch her toes at the age of 105.[2]

With the death of Marie Bremont on 6 June 2001, Guinness named Hulmes the world's oldest person as a publicity stunt, as Hulmes drank Guinness beer frequently. As a result, Guinness the beer company and Guinness World Records separated. Maud Farris-Luse was quickly given the title.[3]

Hulmes died on 27 October 2001, at the age of 114 years, 22 days.[4] After her death, the title of the oldest living European went to 113 year-old Germaine Haye of France.


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel Swain • Mary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Christian Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline Beale • Fanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary WorthingtonJane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Ada Roe • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Frederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias Williams • Florence Pannell • Jeanetta Thomas • Alice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Jane Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Edith Ingamells • Emmeline Brice • Annie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice Bowman • Annie Turnbull • Elsie Steele • Margaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace A Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie CammOlive BoarGrace C JonesGwen PayneHilda ClulowJoan Hocquard and Bob Weighton

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