One of Europe’s oldest men dies aged 111

One of Europe oldest men has died at the ripe old age of 111 years and 128 days old.

Alf Smith, who was six years old when the Great War broke out, celebrated his milestone birthday in March of this year.

At the time of his death, he had lived through two world wars and 29 general elections.

The fifth of six sons in his family, he was born near Dundee like his father and grandfather before him.

Alf emigrated to Canada in his late teens but returned to Scotland five years later.

Asked for his secret to a long and happy life in a previous interview, he said: ‘Porridge is helpful and having a job you enjoy.

‘I like to think I’ve lived a decent life. I do ask myself – why me? Why have I lived so long when others haven’t?’

Mr Smith was also very active in his local church in Perthshire.

The oldest living man in Europe is Gustav Gerneth, aged 113.

He was born in 1905 in Pomerania, which was then part of the German Empire but is now in Poland.

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