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Margaret Fish, British supercentenarian, oldest person in the United Kingdom died she was , 112

Margaret Ethel Fish of Wilstead, Bedfordshire was the oldest person in the United Kingdom following the death of 111-year-old Elsie Steele on 18 October 2010 until her own death on 12 March 2011, aged 112 years 5 days.

( 7 March 1899 – 12 March 2011)

She was born at Tower Hamlets and married Frank Fish, a World War I veteran, in 1928. Frank died in 1987 at the age of 89 of a heart and lung condition.[4] Margaret is a former dressmaker and lived independently at Cople until the age of 104.[5] Later, she moved to live with her 71-year-old daughter Barbara for two years, and then she moved into Danecroft Nursing Home in Wilstead.[4]
Fish enjoyed television and having a good meal. When asked about her recipe to a long life she said to “not worry about it”; that there is no secret.[5]
She died in her nursing home on 12 March 2011, five days after her 112th birthday, since which time her health had declined.[6]
Fish had two daughters, Barbara and Elsie; several grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.[5]


  • On 18 October 2010 Elsie Steele died, Margaret Fish age 111 years 225 days became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom.
  • On 12 March 2011 Margaret Fish died age 112 years 5 days.

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Catherine Masters, British supercentenarian, third-oldest living person in the UK, last living person born in Scotland in the 19th century died she was , 111.

Catherine Murray Millar Masters  was a British supercentenarian who became the last living person who was born in Scotland during the 19th century and the Victorian era died she was , 111..

( 23 November 1899 – 14 February 2011)

She was born in Dundee, the daughter of David Lyall Cromb (1875–1961),[1] an editor of the local Courier newspaper.[2] The family moved to London in 1908 (or 1909[1]) where her father eventually changed his career path to liteary agent.[2] Masters married twice, had a son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.[3]
She married John McInnes in 1921 in London,[2] who worked for a tea importing company,[4] but McInnes died in 1962, and their son died of cancer in 1968. Her marriage to her second husband, Albert Masters, lasted from 1972 to his death in 1993. Following this she lived with one of her grandsons before he emigrated to South Africa in 2006.
A complaint to Buckingham Palace in 2009 that she had received a birthday card with the same design for five consecutive years led to a 40 minute visit, and a reported apology,[5] from Prince William[3] at the Grange Care Centre in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire, where she lived from around 2006.[6]
At the end of her life, Masters was the oldest living person born in Scotland and the third oldest person in the United Kingdom.[3] She died from complications following an operation to insert a heart pacemaker.[7

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Elsie Steele, British Supercentenarian died she was , 111

Elsie May Steele [1] was, at age 111 years,285 days, the oldest person in the United Kingdom and the oldest person in England following the death of 111-year-old Annie Turnbull on 3 September 2010.

(née Fletcher; 6 January 1899 – 18 October 2010)

Steele was born at Midway near Swadlincote as one of nine children born to Joseph and Bertha Fletcher. After leaving school at 13, she worked as a housekeeper in Leicester. She married her first husband Reginald Hackett in 1920, and had two children; Trevor Hackett (deceased), and Beryl Fairbrother. Steele later worked in a munitions factory in near Burton-upon-Trent. When she was 69 years old, she married her second husband Wallace Steele.[2]
At age 108 Steele remarked “I plan on staying around for a bit yet. Old age is golden and I intend to make the most of it. I’m in good shape. I love to walk, the staff are always wondering where I’ve got to”.[2] When asked her secret to a long life, she credited hard work, avoid beer, and to not swear. She also said that she tries to concentrate on the “happy times”.[2]
On her 110th birthday, Steele recited a poem by Pam Ayres about the joys of old age.[3]
She had 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.[3]

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She died on 18 October 2010 in Repton.[4]

Annie Turnbull, British supercentenarian, oldest person in the UK. has died she was , 111

Annie Ellis Turnbull [1] was, at the time of her death, aged &0000000000000111000000111 years, &0000000000000347000000347 days, the oldest person in the United Kingdom since the death of Eunice Bowman on 16 July 2010. Turnbull had been the oldest person in Scotland since the death of Alexina Calvert on 19 September 2008. When asked about the secret of her long life, she said “keeping calm”.

(née Walker; 21 September 1898 – 3 September 2010)

Born in Haywood, Lanarkshire, Turnbull moved to Stoneyburn, West Lothian, around 1902. After leaving school at the age of 14 she moved to Edinburgh. She went into service as a table-maid, a job she held for most of her life. She worked in private residences, where she met Rudyard Kipling and Gordon Jackson. She retired aged seventy-six. She lived without hot water until she was 92.
Turnbull moved into the Victoria Manor Care Home prior to her 110th birthday in 2008. She credited her longevity to hard work and a daily glass of sherry.[2][3]

She had 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.[2] She died on 3 September 2010 at the Victoria Manor care home in Leith,[4] 18 days before what would have been her 112th birthday. Turnbull was the last person living in Scotland who was born in the 19th century and the Victorian Era; Catherine Masters, born in Dundee in 1899, now lives in England.

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Eunice Bowman, British supercentenarian, was oldest person in the United Kingdom died she was , 111

Eunice Bowman [2] was a British supercentenarian from Gateshead, and at the age of 111 years 327 days was the oldest person in the United Kingdom following the death of Florrie Baldwin on 8 May 2010.

(née Crook; 23 August 1898 – 16 July 2010)


Bowman was born in Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England as the second of twelve children born to Thomas and Sarah Crook (née Hosler). Bowman was baptized on 13 November 1898 at Christ Church, Ince – In – Makerfield, Wigan, Lancashire. At Ince Bowmans family lived at 38, Bird Street,Ince, near Wigan. The family moved to Felling, Gateshead in 1905 following to the decline in the textile industry so Thomas could work in the coal mines. Bowman was kept off school each week to help look after her younger siblings and do the washing and ironing. After school, Bowman worked in a fish & chip shop with her grandmother. During World War I, Bowman worked seven days per week in 12-hour shifts at the Armstrong Munitions factory in Newcastle, walking daily from Felling to Scotswood. Bowman started with messenger work, and then worked on putting gunpowder in the fuses. On Christmas Day 1919, Bowman married Robert Pearson and had four children, Norman, Tommy, Doris and Connie. In 1928, Robert Pearson aged 28 had complications of tuberculosis and died. During World War II, she re-married to Frank Bowman and had two children named Sheila (who died in infancy) and Ann. In 1950, Frank died. In 1953, her father, Thomas Crook died at 74. Eunice looked after her mother Sarah until her death in 1970, at age 92. Until age 84, Bowman worked at a fish and chip shop with her sister Annie, who also reached her 100th birthday. In 2008, a week after her 110th. birthday, Bowman re-opened St. Mary’s lighthouse, Whitley Bay. This marked the 110th anniversary of both the lighthouse and Bowman’s birthday. She outlived all of her siblings and the majority of her children. All her children from her first marriage are now dead, the last being Connie who died in 2010. On the death of Florrie Baldwin, Bowman became the oldest living person in the UK. Her daughter, Ann said that Bowman “always had a very positive attitude and just had simple pleasures. She has always had a nice outlook on life and is always smiling.”[3] At her 111th birthday, Bowman said “I have never drank alcohol or smoked. I have had a happy life” Bowman died on 16 July 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. She was buried at Heworthburn Cemetery,Gateshead on 22 July 2010. [4]

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Stanley Lucas, British supercentenarian, oldest man in Europe has died he was , 110

Stanley Lucas [1] from Bude, Cornwall was a British supercentenarian who, at the age of 110, was the oldest living man in Europe since the death of Harry Patch on 25 July 2009.[1][2] He was also the third-oldest man in the world. Lucas was born at Morwenstow and had two brothers and two sisters.

(15 January 1900 – 21 June 2010)

In 1908 the family moved to Marhamchurch, where he lived until 1948. He left school at 14 and was later called up for service in both the First and Second World Wars. However, Lucas did not serve due to a pre-diagnosed heart condition.[2] Instead, Lucas helped on the family farm during the First World War. Lucas married Ivy Nancekivell in 1926 and took over the family farm. Lucas was a breeder of Devon cattle and Devon longwool sheep and started a dairy farm in the early 1940s. In 1948 he relocated to live with his family at Poughill, where he continued to live after Ivy’s death in 1963. In 1950, Lucas started playing bowls, which he continued to play until the age of 100.

Lucas was a member of Bude Town Council from 1959–1970, as well as vice chairman. His daughter said “He has worked hard in his working life and was a teetotaller and non-smoker and since he has been elderly has been well cared for”.[3][4] Lucas was the last living British male born in the 19th century and the Victorian era

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Florrie Baldwin, has died, she was a British supercentenarian who was 114

Florence Emily Baldwin [1] was, at the time of her death, the oldest living person in the United Kingdom and Europe.

(née Davies; 31 March 1896 – 8 May 2010)

Born Florence Emily Davies in the Hunslet district of Leeds, she was the daughter of Methuselah Davies (1861 – 1946) from Dowlais, Wales and Florence Susannah Bird (1863 – 1926) from Aylsham, Norfolk.[2] She remembered the Boer War and, at the age of four, seeing Queen Victoria when she visited Leeds.[3][4] In 1920, she married painter and decorator Clifford Baldwin and moved to Woodhouse.[4][5] After his death in 1973, Baldwin lived alone until she was 105, still being able to put up curtains and clean windows.[6] She then moved to Radcliffe Gardens, a nursing home in Leeds.[7]

She credited her longevity to eating a fried egg sandwich every day.[8][9] However doctors reputedly thought it could be due to her job as a clerk at an engineering firm for fifty years, which she retired from at the age of 75. The company was based on top a steep hill in Woodhouse, Leeds. “She would walk up that hill, come home at lunchtime and then back up it” commented a grandson.[4] Baldwin’s daughter believes her mother’s longevity was due to no drinking, no smoking and hard work.[6] Baldwin spent time in hospital in her 70s due to cataracts.[10]

Following the death of Italian woman Lucia Lauria on 28 June 2009, Baldwin became the oldest living person in Europe. Baldwin became one of the 100 verified oldest women ever on 14 October 2009 and one of the 70 verified oldest people ever on 22 April 2010. Baldwin was in good health until the age of 111, when she began developing short-term memory loss which progressed into dementia and had very few memories of the past in the last months of her life. [11]

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