|John Campbell Ross|
|Birth:||11 March 1899|
Newtown, Victoria, Australia
|Death:||3 June 2009|
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
|Age:||110 years, 84 days|
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.
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.
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. Ross was a teetotaler and non-smoker.
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.
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.
John Campbell Ross died in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, on 3 June 2009 at the age of 110 years, 84 days.
- Verified Supercentenarians (Listed Chronologically By Birth Date) Gerontology Research Group
- Last remaining Digger: Australia's oldest man Jack Ross dies aged 110 The Age. 3 June 2009
- Official end of Australia's World War I generation as last enlisted man dies The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 June 2009
- Australia's oldest man, 110, dies BBC News. 3 June 2009
|Australia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • T • E)|
Helen Dunbar • Jessie Pearce • Clara Byrne • Ada Sharp • Honora Corrigan • Mary Keefer • Josephine Gasse • Elizabeth Swatton • Samuel Rowe • Sarah Potter • Jane Piercy • Mary Nixon • Caroline Mockridge • Agnes Dodds • Mary Hurley • Ada Whitfield • Beatrice Pollock • Gertie Nesbitt • Kit St. Clair • Ada Cleggett • Ada Stockdale • Mary MacPherson • Christina Cock • Jessie Hurley • Alice Lindsay • Sarah Davey • Myra Nicholson • E. Beatrice Riley • John Campbell Ross • Miriam Schmierer • Eva McConnell • Jane Gray • Vi Robbins • Ethel Farrell • Mary Whitehurst • Marjorie Cooke • Margaret Vivian • Wilhelmina Overall • Agnes Kluckhenn • Mabel Crosby • Dexter Kruger • Ivy Tate
|Australia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Robert Hewson • Gordon Williams • Frederick McGill • Robert McMieken • Kosta Malco • James Wright • Robert Jordan • Jack Lockett • William Caddy • Sydney Bond • Frank Scarrabelotti • John Campbell Ross • Claude Choules • James Hope • Anthony Hoffman • Fred Lunghusen • Alfred Date • Alfred Powell • Hilton Nunn • Dexter Kruger • Frank Mawer