George Ives

  • Full name: George Frederick Ives
  • Lifespan: 17.11.1881 – 12.04.1993
  • Age: 111 years, 146 days
  • Birthplace: Brighton, England, UK
  • Last residence: Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
  • Application date: N/A
  • Validation date:  08.11.2001
  • Validation source: Robert Young/Bertrand Desjardins


Ives was born at Brighton, England. The family worked for the Tidmarsh family. He worked in his father’s workshop in Bristol until 1899. That December, Ives was eager to enlist after hearing that the British had been defeated at Colenso, Magersfontein

In the Boer War, George fought with the Imperial Yeomanry, along with 122 other veterans, of the British Army in South Africa.

Ives emigrated to Canada in 1903 with his father and purchased 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land for ten dollars. He was rejected from service in World War I because of a heart murmur.

In 1910, he married Kay Nelson. The couple had three sons and three daughters. Nelson disliked the hard life of the prairies, so the family moved in 1919 to White Rock, British Columbia. Ives owned a farm there and eventually retired from it in 1941. He looked and found another job because he said that his retirement was an excuse to change jobs. So until 1956, 15 years later, he worked in a shipyard building wooden scows, and confirmed his retirement.

The couple had resided in that same house until 1984, until moving into a retirement home. He attended the Albert Hall service on Remembrance day 1992 in England and met Queen Elizabeth and her mother; Baroness Margaret Thatcher, and Prime Minister John Major. Ives died on 12 April 1993 at the age of 111 years, 146 days in British Columbia, Canada.

Longevity titles

Doyen of Canada (N/A – 12.04.1993)


George Ives age was verified by Robert Young together with Bertrand Desjardins and validated by the GRG on november 8th 2001.

George Ives shortly before his death, 1993.

George Ives accompanied by Princess Diana,

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