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John Tinniswood
John Tinniswood
Tinniswood in 2019 at the age of 107
Birth: 26 August 1912
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
Age: 109 years, 314 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

John Alfred Tinniswood (born 26 August 1912) is a British centenarian who is the oldest known living man in the United Kingdom whose age is validated by Oldest in Britain. He is also the oldest known living person in the English county of Merseyside.


Early Life

Tinniswood was born on 26 August 1912 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. Due to problems with his eyesight, Tinniswood was given an administrative role with Royal Mail during the Second World War, during which time he met his wife, Blodwen, at a dance in Liverpool. The couple married in 1942, and their only child, Susan, was born in 1943. The couple were married for 44 years until Blodwen died in 1986. Prior to his retirement in 1972, Tinniswood worked as an accountant for Shell and BP.

Later Life

Tinniswood currently lives in a care home in Southport, Merseyside, England. At the time of his 107th birthday in 2019, he was able to get out of bed unassisted, read the newspaper every morning, and still managed his own finances. Tinniswood is an avid Liverpool FC fan. He has said that his secret to longevity is "eating battered fish and chips every Friday".

Following the death of 108 year-old Harry Fransman on 25 September 2020, Tinniswood became the oldest known living man in the UK according to Oldest in Britain. However, it is possible that there are older men who remain anonymous. Indian-born Fauja Singh (born 1 April 1911?) also claims to be older, but his age is not validated.

On 30 March 2021, Tinniswood received his second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.



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