Hilda Henrietta Clingham, 1910-2012

Hilda Clingham, the oldest person on St Helena, has died just a week short of her 102nd birthday.

She was born on 23 July 1910, when Colonel Henry Galway was governor, and saw 22 other governors take office during her lifetime.

She was in her late teens when the first motor car was brought to the island, and also lived through the closure of the Government Lace School, the sinking of the RFA Darkdale, the departure of The Hundred Men for work in England, the end of the flax industry, and the visits of King George VI and the future King Edward VIII.

Saint FM reported that she had died peacefully, shortly before midnight on Monday, 16 July 2012.

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