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No honour for Henry.

A CAMPAIGN to give Henry Allingham a posthumous award for his First World War service has been rejected by the Ministry of Defence.

Henry, the world's oldest man when he died in July aged 113, was the last survivor of the naval Battle of Jutland and last founder member of the RAF.

Campaigners wanted Henry, of Ovingdean, East Sussex, to be given an award similar to France's Legion d'honneur which the veteran received earlier this year.

But the MoD said: "It is a long-standing convention that honours are not awarded posthumously, so it will not be possible for Mr Allingham to receive one."
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Date:Oct 4, 2009
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