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Not to be confused with Alice Thompson.

Ada Thompson
Ada Thompson
Thompson on her 111th birthday in 2021
Birth: 28 November 1910
Oxenhope, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Age: 111 years, 177 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Ada Thompson (née Bates; born 28 November 1910) is a British supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is currently the oldest known living person in West Yorkshire and the third-oldest known living person in the United Kingdom, behind Ethel Caterham, and Rose Eaton.


Ada Bates was born in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire, England, UK on 28 November 1910. She left school when she was 14 to become a twister at Merralls Mill, and later worked at other mills in Oxenhope. During the Second World War, she was employed at Anderton Springs, which made components for aircraft.

When she was age 24, she married Eric Thompson, a wool sorter from Barnsley. Eric served in the Royal Navy during the war, and was a gunner on board merchant ships. The couple had one son: Harry Thompson. The couple were married for 68 years until Eric's death around 2000 at the age of 91.

In November 2020, she celebrated her 110th birthday. Shortly after Christmas 2021, at the age of 111, Thompson contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. However, she successfully recovered, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.

Following the death of 108-year-old Ivy Clegg on 1 May 2019, Thompson became the oldest known living person in West Yorkshire.

Following the death of 111-year-old Marjorie Kinne on 24 January 2022, Thompson became the last surviving British person born in 1910.

Ada Thompson currently lives at Regency Court Care Home in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, UK, at the age of 111 years, 177 days.