John Campbell "Jack" Ross

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John Campbell Ross

Birthplace: Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire, VIC, Australia
Death: June 03, 2009 (110)
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Daniel Ross and Mary Ross
Husband of Irene Ross
Brother of Oswald Ross; Harrie Wallace Ross; Private; Private and Private

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About John Campbell "Jack" Ross

John Campbell "Jack" Ross

 Corporal  20th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps.

John Campbell "Jack" Ross (11 March 1899 – 3 June 2009) was at the time of his death Australia's oldest man and the last Australian veteran of the First World War. English-born Claude Choules, who was also living in Australia until his own death in 2011, was a veteran of the Royal Navy.

Early life and family

Born in Newtown, Victoria, a suburb of Geelong, Ross served as a wireless operator in the Australian Imperial Force, enlisting in January 1918, but never left Australia or saw active service. He later went on to serve in the Second World War as a corporal with the 20th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps.

His wife, Irene (née Laird), had been deceased by several decades before Jack Ross's death. He is survived by a son, Robert, a daughter, Peggy Ashburn, four grandchildren- Jeanette, Heather, Kay, and John – and nine great-grand children


On 11 November 1998, Jack Ross had been awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Medal to mark the end of World War I. Jack also had been awarded the Centenary Medal for doing his share to the Australian society in the 100 years since the federation.

The death of William Evan Allan in October 2005 left Ross as the last Australian digger from World War I. However Claude Choules, a World War I veteran who served for Britain, lived in Western Australia. Ross became Australia's oldest man at the age of 108, on 12 June 2007, upon the death of Frank Scarrabelotti. Following the death of 112-year-old E. Beatrice Riley, he was verified as the oldest person in Australia.

Ross celebrated his 110th birthday with chocolates and cake and a commemorative letter from the Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd.


As a civilian, Ross worked for Victorian Railways until he retired in 1964. Ross died peacefully in his sleep at approximately 4 am. at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home in Bendigo on 3 June 2009, aged 110

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John Campbell "Jack" Ross's Timeline

March 11, 1899
Maryborough, Central Goldfields Shire, VIC, Australia
June 3, 2009
Age 110
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia