John Christian Francklow
Birth: 30 May 1835
Bethnal Green, England, UK
Death: 15 October 1944
Wolverton, England, UK
Age: 109 years, 138 days
Country: UK Flag UK

John Christian Francklow (30 May 1835 – 15 Oct 1944) was a British centenarian and the oldest known living person in the United Kingdom at the time of his death.


John Christian Francklow was born in Bethnal Green, England, United Kingdom, on 30 May 1835. He moved to Wolverton (now a constituent town of Milton Keynes) after marrying and worked on the railways until retiring in his 70s. He started claiming a pension upon its introduction in 1909, and would claim it until his death nearly 36 years later. He was congratulated by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) on his 108th birthday, at which point he still lived in his own home of 70 years. He was cared for by his unmarried 68-year-old daughter.

Francklow became the oldest known man (and person) in the United Kingdom on 17 February 1943, following the death of 108-year-old Thomas Pope. He surpassed Pope's age on 26 June 1943, and held the title until his own death on 15 October 1944, aged 109 years, 138 days. At the time of his death, he was the oldest ever person to die in Great Britain (surpassing Rachel MacArthur's age on 14 June 1944), and the third-oldest person from the United Kingdom or Ireland (behind Katherine Plunket and Margaret Ann Neve). His successor as the oldest person in the United Kingdom was Rebecca Lees (1837–1946).


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 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 • 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 Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Judy 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 ClulowBob WeightonJoan Hocquard

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