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Raymond Abescat
Raymond Abescat
Birth: 10 September 1891
Paris, France
Death: 25 August 2001
Rueil-Malmaison, France
Age: 109 years, 349 days
Country: FranceFRA

Raymond Abescat (10 September 1891 – 25 August 2001) was a French centenarian who was one of the last surviving veterans of World War I in France.


Raymond Abescat was born on 10 September 1891 in Paris, France.

Abescat joined the military in October 1912 and spent seven years with an infantry regiment. Immediately following the French declaration of war, his unit was mobilized and sent to the Belgian frontier to await the German advance. During their first engagement his company lost all but 80 soldiers, and most of those were injured. Abescat was slightly injured in that fight. In 1916, he was seriously wounded near Verdun, where fighting cost the lives of 250,000 French and German soldiers.

His leg was amputated late in life, in part due to his old war wound. To his dying day, he kept several small shell fragments that had been taken from his leg in 1916.

After the war, Abescat joined a state financing agency where he worked until his retirement in 1957.

His memory was very clear until the end of his life. As such he was interviewed several times. Segments of his recollections appear in several documentaries. In one he recounts visiting the Exposition Universelle of 1900.

Abescat became the oldest living man in France upon the death of 110-year-old Alexis Daigneau on 3 April 2001.

He died on 25 August 2001 at the age of 109 years, 349 days, just 16 days before his 110th birthday.


France's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Jean Teillet • Louis-Jules Lebon • Unknown • Pierre JamesAdolphe GravelinesHenri Perignon • Faustin Jaumard • Louis Brard • Andre Raynaud • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Louis Arthur Bon • Leon-Clement Estivals • Jules Many • Theophane Rifosta • Alexis Daigneau • Raymond Abescat • Joseph Rabenda • Jean Chevenet • Maurice Floquet • Aime Avignon • Louis de Cazenave • Lazare Ponticelli • Pierre Picault • Joseph Malahieude • Felix Rostaing • Philibert Parnasse • Charles De Antoni • Andre Coudrat • Louis Le Bouedec • Emile Turlant • Philippe Vocanson • Roger Gouzy • Robert Bourdon • Georges Massard • Roger Auvin • Jules TheobaldMarcel MeysAndre Boite