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Posted 15 June 2011 - 05:08 PM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:09 PM
In isolated pockets around the world, usually in rural communities, it is held that a very few people have lived to 115/120 or so. Given the lack of written birth documentation, it is virtually impossible to verify these claims and, given the common use of the same given names down through several generations, it is known that, on occasion, a son was mistaken for his father. Given also the strong tradition of oral history in rural communities up to relatively recent years, an outsider will have great difficulty differentiating between an eye-witness account and an account of the same events offered by the next generation. Antony
This as been bugging me for some time ,and may evan be considerd very silly question .... but a few years ago i read an excellent book called Tatterd Banners ,its an account of the period pre Great War at the Imperial Russian court from a officer in the Russian Life Guard ,covers normal stuff ,Great war time in UK ,civil war , the murders of the royals ect and then in UK 1940s .
But in 1912 the officer is at the 100th anniversary of Boradino and is with the czar when they are introduced to 5/6 VETERANS from the battle ? one being a gunner officer the rest the usual russian pesant ,also included photographs and the gunner officer discussed events with the czar ! .Now this was either a huge con but i would not want to be old pesant caught makeing a fool of the czar ,Russian propagander ,but there were representives from France so you would not want to look stupid if caught out later ,or its true ?
The niggling question i ask my self is have all the Great War lads gone to soon ?i know we all here stories of all these old russians liveing to great ages but these blokes from Boradino were born in the 18th century hard life i would understand evan compared to soviet Russia ,so if some one can live to 120 ect and be alive in 1912 ,with all the morden medical services good food ect why are all the old boys gone ?
The figures for service in the Great war is 70 million world wide ,Boridino 150,000+ .
Or out there some where in Africa , Russia ,Asia there an old boy ..... makes you think
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