John Tinniswood

  • Full name: John Alfred Tinniswood
  • Lifespan: 26.08.1912
  • Age: 111 years
  • Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Last residence: Southport, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Application date: 22.09.2022
  • Validation date: 26.08.2023
  • Validation source: Marisa Tinniswood/Oliver Trim/Oliver Thorpe/Waclaw Jan Kroczek


John Tinniswood, a true Liverpool legend, was born on 26 August 1912 in Merseyside, England, and his life’s melody has echoed through the pages of history.

During World War II, despite challenges with his eyesight, Tinniswood found purpose in an administrative role with Royal Mail. Fate led him to a dance in Liverpool, where he met his beloved Blodwen. Their marriage in 1942 was the beginning of a beautiful journey, blessed with the arrival of their daughter Susan in 1943. For 44 years, they stood side by side until Blodwen’s passing in 1986.

Tinniswood’s professional journey took him through the realms of finance, serving as an accountant for Shell and BP until his retirement in 1972.

In his later years, residing in a care home in Southport, Tinniswood remained a Liverpool FC enthusiast, a passion that undoubtedly added to the vibrancy of his life. Even at the age of 107 in 2019, he navigated daily tasks independently, a testament to his resilience. He was able to get out of bed unassisted, read the newspaper every morning, and still managed his own finances. Tinniswood is an avid Liverpool FC fan. He has said that his secret to longevity is “eating battered fish and chips every Friday”.

Longevity Recognition

Following the death of 108-year-old Harry Fransman on 25 September 2020, Tinniswood became the oldest known living man in the UK.

Celebrating his 110th birthday in August 2022, Tinniswood embraced the title of supercentenarian. He later became the first British man to reach 111 since Robert Weighton and Alf Smith (29 March 2019). As of November 2023, he was the fifth-oldest known living person in the United Kingdom, behind Ethel CaterhamEdna StricklandMary Florence Walker, and Mary Keir.a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Longevity Titles

  • Dean (oldest living man) of the United Kingdom (25.09.2020 – present)


John Tinniswood’s age was verified by Marisa Tinniswood, Oliver Trim, Oliver Thorpe, and Waclaw Jan Kroczek, and was later validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). The validation was announced on the World Supercentenarian Forum.

John Tinniswood at age 107 in 2019.

John Tinniswood at the age of 106, with a 1912 copy of The Times newspaper which was printed on the day he was born.

John Tinniswood at age 108.

John Tinniswood on his 109th birthday.

John Tinniswood on his 110th birthday.

John Tinniswood on his 111th birthday.

John Tinniswood at age 111 in September 2023.

Photo courtesy of the Tinniswood family, BBC News, and Gerontology Wiki.

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