The last surviving combat veteran from WWI, Briton Claude Choules, was laid to rest in Australia on Friday in a moving naval ceremony quietly marking the end of an era. Choules, nicknamed "Chuckles", died in his sleep at his hostel home in Perth two weeks ago. He was 110.

In his eulogy, son Adrian Choules said his sailor father had been a loving parent, had lived a very long and wonderful life, and "now belongs to the rest of the world". "The last time I spoke at a funeral I was sad, very sad," Adrian Choules said. "But today it is different... today is a celebration."

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