The UK’s oldest person has died at the age of 115 years and 199 days.
Sant Kaur Bajwa was born on January 1 1898 in Pakistan but had lived in England since the 1960s, with her life spanning three centuries and two world wars.
She was officially the UK’s oldest and the world’s second oldest person when she died of natural causes on Friday and is survived by 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Sant Kaur Bajwa, the UK’s oldest person, who died last week at the age of 115 years and 199 days
When her daughter died in 1972, Mrs Bajwa, then 74, took on the role of caring for her four children, including her twin sons who were just six at the time.
The pair, Jim and Bob Rai, who are now aged 47, made a joint statement in tribute to their grandmother.
‘It was her inner strength and resolve that carried her forward, she fought and stood tall as the matriarch of the family. She will be sorely missed and we will never forget her flamboyant yet modest personality.’
Mrs Bajwa, with a unknown child (name, age and relationship not given), was born in what is now Pakistan but moved the Britain in the 1960s.
Born in Sialkote, Punjab, in what is now Pakistan, Mrs Bajwa lost both parents when she was young and she was raised by her elder sister.
At the age of 16 she married a farmer and gave birth to four children, but her husband Munsha Singh died just six years after their marriage.
In 1966 she migrated to Southall, west London, to live with her son-in-law and daughter and she remained in the area until her death.
Her strong Sikh faith was said to give her the optimism and strength to live as long as she did.
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