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John Campbell Ross
John Campbell Ross
Birth: 11 March 1899
Newtown, Victoria, Australia
Death: 3 June 2009
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Age: 110 years, 84 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

John Campbell "Jack" Ross (11 March 1899—3 June 2009) was an Australian supercentenarian and veteran of the First World War. He was also the oldest living person in Australia from the death of E. Beatrice Riley on 15 May 2009, until his own death less than one month later.[1]

Early life and family

John Campbell Ross was born in Newtown, a suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, on 11 March 1899. He served as a wireless operator in the Australian Imperial Force, enlisting in January 1918, but never left Australia or saw active service. He later went on to serve in the Second World War as a corporal with the 20th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps.[2]

His wife, Irene (née Laird), predeceased him by several decades. He was survived by a son, Robert, a daughter, Peggy Ashburn, four grandchildren- Jeanette, Heather, Kay, and John – and nine great-grand children.[2] Ross was a teetotaler and non-smoker.[3]


On 11 November 1998, Ross had been awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Medal to mark the end of World War I. He had also been awarded the Centenary Medal for doing his share to the Australian society in the 100 years since federation.[2]

The death of William Evan Allan in October 2005 left Ross as the last Australian digger from World War I. However, the English-born Claude Choules, a World War I veteran who served for Britain, lived in Western Australia. Ross became Australia's oldest man at the age of 108, on 12 June 2007, upon the death of Frank Scarrabelotti.

Ross celebrated his 110th birthday with chocolates and cake and a commemorative letter from the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.[4]

John Campbell Ross died in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, on 3 June 2009 at the age of 110 years, 84 days.


Australia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Helen DunbarJessie PearceClara ByrneAda SharpHonora CorriganMary KeeferJosephine GasseElizabeth SwattonSamuel RoweSarah Potter • Jane Piercy • Mary NixonCaroline Mockridge • Agnes Dodds • Mary Hurley • Ada WhitfieldBeatrice Pollock • Gertie Nesbitt • Kit St. Clair • Ada Cleggett • Ada Stockdale • Mary MacPherson • Christina Cock • Jessie Hurley • Alice Lindsay • Sarah DaveyMyra Nicholson • E. Beatrice Riley • John Campbell Ross • Miriam Schmierer • Eva McConnell • Jane Gray • Vi Robbins • Ethel Farrell • Mary Whitehurst • Marjorie CookeMargaret VivianWilhelmina OverallAgnes Kluckhenn • Mabel CrosbyDexter KrugerIvy TateIna ReidGwen Moore

Australia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Robert Hewson • Gordon WilliamsFrederick McGill • Robert McMiekenKosta Malco • James Wright • Robert Jordan • Jack Lockett • William CaddySydney Bond • Frank Scarrabelotti • John Campbell Ross • Claude Choules • James HopeAnthony Hoffman • Fred Lunghusen • Alfred Date • Alfred Powell • Hilton NunnDexter KrugerFrank Mawer