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WWI Veteran, 102, Weds Lady Half His Age

March 14, 1995

LONDON (AP) _ A World War I veteran won the heart and hand of a woman nearly half his age by telling her about his adventures.

George Brumwell Jameson, 102, and Julie Robinson, 53, were married Friday at a registry office near their home on the Devonshire coast southwest of London, British newspapers reported today.

Jameson told the Daily Express newspaper he was ``jolly lucky″ to have found the perfect companion so late in life.

``We are very much in love with each other in spite of the age difference,″ he was quoted as saying. ``I don’t give a damn what people think _ age does not matter to me.″

Robinson saw Jameson appear on a BBC television documentary about the war in 1993, soon wrote to him seeking more information, and eventually traveled to his home.

``George is the funniest and kindest man I have ever known,″ the Daily Mail newspaper quoted her as saying. ``He is a darling.″

Jameson is believed to be one of only nine surviving members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to France in the opening days of the war in 1914. He rose to the rank of captain and fought in some of the worst battles of the war: Ypres, the Somme, Cambrai and Vimy Ridge. He won a Military Cross, one of the British army’s highest honors, during action on the Piave in Italy.

After the war he studied naval engineering, directed a company and managed an apartment block with his first wife of 53 years, Rose, who died in 1980. They had no children.

In recent years he regularly traveled from his Sidmouth, Devon home in a motorized wheelchair to his local pub, the Dove, but said he otherwise found himself home alone most of the time. The newlyweds are now working on his biography.

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