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William "Bill" Stone is, at age 107, one of the few surviving British veterans of the First World War. He is the last known veteran living in Britain to have served in both the First and the Second World War.

Stone was born in Ledstone, Devon as one of fourteen children, and enlisted into the Royal Navy on his 18th birthday, and went on to serve both as a Stoker aboard the battlecruiser HMS Tiger. He remained in the navy after the war and went on to serve as a Chief Stoker during the Second World War, where he participated in the evacuation of Dunkirk on board the Halcyon class minesweeper HMS Salamander. He was also torpedoed twice, including once while serving aboard the Crown Colony class light cruiser HMS Newfoundland. After the war, he ran his own barbers shop, where he also sold cigarettes and smoking tobacco.

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