Victoria Southan
Victoria Southan
Birth: 24 May 1900
Wolverhampton, England, UK
Death: 22 November 2011
Walsall, England, UK
Age: 111 years, 182 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Victoria Southan (née Penn; 24 May 1900 – 22 November 2011) was British supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Southan was born in Wolverhampton, England, on 24 May 1900, to parents Edward and Amy Penn. At an early age, she moved to nearby Birmingham with her family. She left school at the age of 12, and began working in the wages office of Lancaster Motor Works. Southan later worked as a bullet manufacturer during the First World War.

In October 1932, she married Walter Southan, and the couple had one child, a daughter named Jean. Southan later work at City Hospital in Birmingham, nursing wounded soldiers. At the age of 50, whilst undergoing a medical procedure, complications led Southan's surgeon to fear that she would not pull through and survive the operation.

The family later moved to the Streetly area of Walsall, England, in 1962, where Southan would remain until her death in 2011. Walter Southan died in 1994, after suffering from Parkinson's disease. Victoria would continue to live in her own home in the years after her husband's death. In 2000, at the age of 100, Southan was one of fifteen centenarians invited to St Paul's Cathedral, to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Queen Mother.

Crediting her longevity to drinking lots of water, Southan passed away on 22 November 2011, at the age of 111 years, 182 days. At the time of her death, she was the fourth-oldest living person in the United Kingdom.


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