Gladys Hooper, English supercentenarian, Died at 113

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Gladys Hermiston-Hooper (née Nash), was born on January 18, 1903, in West Dulwich, South London, and died on July 9, 2016.

She was an English supercentenarian.

Gladys Hooper became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom after the death of 114-year-old Ethel Lang on 15 January 2015.

When she was younger, she witnessed the German airship Schütte-Lanz SL 11 being shot down by Leefe Robinson, who was later awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions.

She also met Thomas Edison, co-inventor of the lightbulb, when he visited her school.

Hooper went to college with aviator Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.

During 1922, at the age of 19, she married Leslie Hermiston Hooper, who had been a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. The couple had one child, a son named Derek, who later became a pilot.

She was married for 55 years until her husband’s death from Parkinson’s disease in 1977.

However, three days before her 112th birthday in January 2015, she became the oldest verified living person in Britain on the death of Ethel Lang, who was 114 years old.

She died on at Highfield Nursing Home in Ryde.

Gladys Hooper passed away at 113 years old.

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