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Peter Casserly, 107, Australia's oldest veteran of WWI

SYDNEY -- Peter Casserly, Australia's oldest World War I veteran, who survived the bloody battles on the Western Front, has died in a Perth nursing home at age 107.

Mr. Casserly enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in March 1917, lying about his age to join the Fifth Railway Section.

He said he informed his mother of the move in a message in a bottle that he dropped over the side of his troop-carrying ship. The bottle washed up on a beach, and someone mailed it to his mother.

During his time with the company, it supported the British and Australian forces on the Western Front and was involved in many significant battles, including those in Ypres, Armentieres, and Amiens.

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