The other day I was checking in Will Bennett's excellent book "Absent Minded Beggars" for something else when I ran across "the last survivor of the Boer War"; a reference to one George IVES of the Gloucestershire IY (21198 Tpr, 1st Coy., Ist Bn., IY. - note that my CD of the IY says 1st Coy. while BBM says Gloucestershire IY was 3rd Coy.). George Ives died in 1993 at the age of one hundred and eleven years. Any takers to beat that?
Linney - No, he was the last survivor. I remember when he was 'found' living in Canada (where he'd emigrated before WW1) around 1991, at a time when it was believed there were no surviving veterans of the war,. There was quite a fuss made in the press who noted that he was the only man alive entitled to wear a QSA and he was referred to as 'the last of Queen Victoria's Soldiers' although this wasn't quite true as he hadn't joined the IY until just after Victoria's death. He even came to the UK where he met Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana.