07 April 2008

RIP: Yakup Satar

Yakup Satar
11 Mar 1898 - 2 Apr 2008

ZUI this article from Alalam News:
Turkey's last surviving World War I veteran, who fought the British at Basra more than 90 years ago, has died aged 110, press reports said Thursday.

Yakup Satar, father of six and grandfather of some 50 grandchildren, died late Wednesday surrounded by his family in the town of Eskisehir, northwest of Ankara.

Hurriyet newspaper said Satar had been conscripted into the Ottoman army, allied to Germany during the 1914-18 war, and was sent to the Mesopotamian front.

As an infantryman, he fought British-led forces at Basra, now in southern Iraq and still a hotspot, and was taken prisoner at Kut in 1917.

There are twelve WWI veterans still living. Satar's death leaves 107-year-old Franz K√ľnstler, a former Austrian soldier now living in Germany, as the only surviving WWI veteran from the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey).

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