Bessie Camm
Bessie Camm on her 113th birthday.
Birth: 20 June 1904
Stockton-on-Tees, England
Death: 11 May 2018
Rotherham, England
Age: 113 years, 325 days
Country: UK Flag UK

Bessie Camm (née Alderson; 20 June 1904 – 11 May 2018), formerly Bessie Canwood, was a validated British supercentenarian, who was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from the death of Gladys Hooper on 9 July 2016 until her own death on 11 May 2018.[1][2][3]


Camm was born in Stockton-On-Tees, England She was the first child born to James Alderson and Harriet Eleanor Alderson. She attended a Quaker school before qualifying as a nurse in 1926, working at the Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.[3]. She married John Camm shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Following the war, Camm worked for five years as an industrial nurse at Parkgate Forge. At one point, she nursed William Hague, who would later become the Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament.[3]. After her husband died in 1972, Camm lived at the Willow Court sheltered housing scheme in Wath, West Yorkshire, for thirty years.

Camm died on in Rotherham, England, on 11 May 2018 at the age of 113 years, 325 days. Her successor as the UK’s oldest person was Olive Boar, who was three months younger.[4][5]



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 Payne

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