Kathleen Grimwood
Kathleen Grimwood
Grimwood (right) on her 110th birthday
Birth: 19 August 1901
Sudbury, Suffolk, England, UK
Death: 25 January 2012
Sudbury, Suffolk, England, UK
Age: 110 years, 159 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Kathleen Ethel Grimwood (19 August 1901 – 25 January 2012) was a British supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Grimwood was born in Sudbury, England, UK, on 19 August 1901. She had a twin sister, Gertrude, who died in 1992. The younger of the two, Kathleen was not expected to survive past her first birthday, but pulled through. She never married, but rejected a second cousin who proposed to her because of his “starchy” personality.

Grimwood worked as a matron at several private schools before retiring to help care for her parents. As a centenarian, Grimwood enjoyed embarking on boat trips with her nephew, Martin Grimwood. In 2009, she became the oldest person to receive Maundy money from the Queen. She regularly went to church until a fortnight before her death.

Grimwood died on 25 January 2012 at the age of 110 years, 159 days. She was among the top 10 oldest known people in the United Kingdom at the time of her death. Her age claim was validated by Melissa Page, and posthumously by the GRG on 22 March 2012. In August 2012, a boat was named after her to mark what would have been her 111th birthday.


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