Mrs Florence Green, 19th February 1901 – 4th February 2012

Last month we received the sad news that Mrs Florence Green, the last veteran from WWI, had passed away. Florence joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17 and worked as a steward in the Officer’s Mess.

Florence, who lived in King’s Lynn, celebrated her 110th birthday last year and personnel from RAF Marham took her a cake to celebrate. As Florence had worked as a steward, the cake was made by the catering staff and presented to her by the youngest steward from the Mess. When serving personnel asked about her time in the WRAF, in particular her work in the Officers’ Mess, Florence said: “It was very nice, it was very pleasant – and they were lovely, not a bit of bother. They kept us on our toes, there was no slacking.”

RAF Marham’s Station Commander Group Captain David Cooper has stated that he was extremely sad to hear of the passing away of Florence Green: “Florence had a long association with RAF Marham and my staff remained in contact with her throughout the years. Florence will be sorely missed and our thoughts are now with her friends and family.”

Florence was also the senior member of RAFA King’s Lynn branch and regularly received visits from the Association.

Representatives from RAF Marham and King’s Lynn RAFA attended the funeral with a bugler from RAFA also present.