20 December 1873St. Pancras, London, England, United Kingdom


10 September 1984Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom



Sarah Ann Raw

Sarah Ann Raw (née Watson) was a British supercentenarian who, upon her death, was the oldest living person in England and the second-oldest in the United Kingdom. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) and the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) and recognised by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Raw was born as Sarah Ann Watson in St. Pancras, London, England, on 20 December 1873. In 1976, aged 102, she became one of the oldest students in the world when she joined Hendon College in London to be educated in lip-reading.

Raw died in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England on 10 September 1984 at the age of 110 years, 265 days.

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Raw was the oldest living person in England, but not the U.K. as Wales resident Anna Williams was older.

At the time of her death, Raw was the 12th-oldest person ever in the United Kingdom, and the ninth-oldest ever to die in England.

Raw’s age was verified by Roger Thatcher (GRG), as well as Dr. Andrew Holmes and Chris Law (ESO), and was validated by the latter organisation on 20 October 2020.