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Gertrude Kingston
Gertrude Kingston
Kingston celebrating her 112th birthday in 2021
Birth: 1 February 1909
Farnborough, England, UK
Death: 28 July 2021
Woolton Hill, Hampshire, England, UK
Age: 112 years, 177 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Gertrude Annie Kingston (née Brown; 1 February 1909 – 28 July 2021) was a British supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group. She was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom, from the death of Lilian Priest until her own death nearly two months later.


Early Life

Kingston was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England, UK on 1 February 1909. One of her earliest memories is her father leaving to fight in World War I. Her father was killed in 1917 after making his way out of the trenches in order to pay a visit to home.

As a young adult, Kingston learned to play the violin and the cello. In 1954, she started working for the School of Military Survey, where she met her future husband, Ernie Kingston. The couple were married for 23 years from February 1960 until Ernie's death in April 1983.

Later Life

Kingston was a member of the Women’s Institute for much of her life, and for many years she typed out the newsletter for her village. In 2009, at the age of 100, she moved into a residential home in Woolton Hill, Hampshire, England. She became a supercentenarian in February 2019. Kingston has been the oldest living person in the United Kingdom since the death of Lilian Priest on 6 June 2021.

On 23 January 2021, Kingston received her first dose of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, making her one of the oldest people to receive the vaccine. She celebrated her 112th birthday nine days later on 1 February.

Kingston died in Woolton Hill, Hampshire, England, UK on 28 July 2021 at the age of 112 years, 177 days.



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