Last living British person born in 1800s dies

Grace Jones, who has died aged 113 - image Simon Hughes

The oldest person in the UK, Grace Jones, has died at the age of 113.

Born on 7 December 1899, Miss Jones was the sixth-oldest person in the world.

Miss Jones, who lived in Bermondsey, south-east London, had a fall a few weeks ago, and was treated at St Thomas' Hospital. She died yesterday morning, her MP Simon Hughes announced on his website.

Miss Jones was engaged during the First World War, but her fiancé died on active service. She worked as a seamstress and for the government during and after the Second World War, until her retirement about 50 years ago.

She lived in her own flat, but after her fall had to spend her last few weeks in a local nursing home.

Her death means the oldest living British person is Ethel Lang, from Barnsley, who was born in May 1900.

Simon Hughes said on his website: “We pay tribute to Grace for her wonderful long life, for her commitment to her faith, her family and her community, and we know that a woman of such strong Christian faith faced death with no fear.

“Although she found her failing strength frustrating, right up until her last week Grace's memory and intellect were undimmed.”

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