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Harold Bracher

Validated By: On Date: Feb. 19th 2020

Harold Lauter Bracher was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living man in the country from 2013 until his death in 2016. His age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).


Bracher was born in Stockport, Cheshire (now Lancashire), England on 30 November 1904 as the only child of Lauter Sidney Bracher and Edith Marie Bessie Lee. His father was born in the United States, and moved to England in 1894. His parents married in 1903, but divorced in 1910.

After the divorce, Bracher’s father emigrated to France, later dying in a psychiatric hospital aged 70. His mother lived until 1974, reaching the age of 93. Bracher married Marjorie Ethel Irvine in 1935, and they had one daughter, Caroline, in 1941. He was widowed in 1988.

Following the 30 October 2013 death of Ralph Tarrant, Bracher became the oldest living man in the UK. In 2015, he became the first British man to reach his 111th birthday since Harry Patch in 2009.

Bracher died on 13 April 2016 at the age of 111 years, 135 days. At the time, he was the fourth-oldest living person in the UK, as well as the fifth-oldest man ever to die in the country. He was succeeded as the UK’s oldest man by then-110-year-old Frank Simes.

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Bracher was never reported in any public news outlets, and remained anonymous until his death. His age was verified by Andrew Holmes and Melissa Page, and validated by the ESO on 19 February 2020.