WATLINGTON, England, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The last British veteran of both world wars was laid to rest Thursday to the strains of "Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)" and "The Last Post."
William "Bill" Stone, 108, was carried to his grave at St. Leonard's churchyard in Watington, Oxfordshire, by six Navy stokers, The Guardian reported. Jon Ryder, a Navy logistician who accompanied Stone to the ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I in London, followed carrying a cushion with the dead veteran's medals.
Stone enlisted on his 18th birthday and was still in training when World War I ended, although he saw combat in World War II.
His children described him as a religious man who was confirmed in the Church of England at 88.
Michael Davidson, his son-in-law, remembered Stone's meeting with Queen Elizabeth II: "He was fortunate enough to meet the Queen and when she asked him how he was feeling, we all knew what was coming but we could do nothing to stop it. 'With both hands,' he replied. I think, judging by the expression on her face, she was a bit bemused by this response."