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Florrie Baldwin
Florrie Baldwin
Florrie Baldwin at the age of 110
Birth: 31 March 1896
Hunslet, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Death: 8 May 2010
Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Age: 114 years, 38 days
Country: UK Flag UK
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Florence Emily "Florrie" Baldwin (née Davies; 31 March 1896 – 8 May 2010) was a British supercentenarian who, at the time of her death, was the oldest living person in Europe and the second-oldest living person in the world. She was also the last surviving British person born before 1898. Her age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.

Biography

Early Life

Baldwin was born on 31 March 1896 in the Hunslet district of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. She was one of seven children born to Methusalem Davies (1861–1946) and Florence Susannah Bird (1863–1926). She remembered the Second Boer War and, at the age of four, seeing Queen Victoria when she visited Leeds.

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Florrie Baldwin at the age of 15

In 1920, Baldwin married painter and decorator Clifford Baldwin, and they had one child together, Maisie Worsnop. They saved up to buy a three-bedroom house for £350 just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Until retiring in her 70s, Baldwin worked as a wages clerk in an engineering firm.

Later Life

After her husband's death in 1973, Baldwin continued to live alone until she was 105, still being able to put up curtains and clean windows even as a centenarian. She then moved to Radcliffe Gardens, a nursing home in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, England. Baldwin ascribed her longevity to eating a fried egg sandwich every day, while her daughter believed it was due to not drinking or smoking.

Baldwin became a supercentenarian in March 2006. In 2007, she was interviewed for the Channel 4 documentary The Oldest People in the World. In the final years of her life, she suffered from dementia. As of 2009, she had two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She died on 8 May 2010 at the age of 114 years, 38 days.

Longevity Records

British Records

Baldwin became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 111 year-old Ada Mason on 9 February 2007. For her 111th birthday the following month, Baldwin was visited by representatives for Guinness World Records to officially recognise her as the nation's oldest person.

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Baldwin at the age of 114

Following the death of 113 year-old Henry Allingham on 18 July 2009, Baldwin became the last surviving person in the UK born in 1896. She subsequently became the last surviving person in the UK born before 1898 following the death of 112 year-old Annie Butler on 28 September 2009.

On 31 March 2010, Baldwin celebrated her 114th birthday, becoming only the seventh British person on record to reach this milestone. Following her death 38 days later, Eunice Bowman became the UK's oldest living person.

International Records

Baldwin became the oldest living person in Europe following the death of 113 year-old Italian woman Lucia Lauria on 28 June 2009.

Baldwin became the second-oldest living person in the world following the death of Japanese woman Kama Chinen on 2 May 2010. Following her own death six days later, Venere Pizzinato-Papo became Europe's oldest living person.

References


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

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