''I want everyone to know,'' he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. ''They died for us.''Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man, a 113-year-old World War I veteran and original member of the RAF, is dead.
With the commonplace wars of the last century, too many people grow inured or ignorant of the first great war of modern times. With more than 15 million casualties, including more than 9 million soldiers, the war devastated Europe, massacred an entire generation of men, and left the world fractured in ways that were never quite repaired or even too-well understood, even today.