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‘Larger than life’ Australian World War II veteran dies aged 100

‘Larger than life’ Australian World War II veteran dies aged 100

A World War II veteran who became a hero in his local community and beyond has died.

Jack Bartlett from Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast passed away at the age of 100 years and seven months.

Bartlett joined the navy the minute he was old enough, lured by the shiny boots and crisp uniforms of those heading off to war.

World War II veteran Jack Bartlett has died at the age of 100 years and seven months. (Nine)

“I used to spend half my time with no shoe and sock and clothes that somebody else had given us, because we had next to nothing and I couldn’t get there quick enough,” he told 9News last year.

His daughter Narelle Bartlett said her father “gave so much at such a young age”.

“He was larger than life. He was loved by so many, and he was everything to our family,” she said.

When that became too much, the community came to him, holding a ceremony in the street he lived on.

He’d head to the top of his stairs where old and young would have the honour of shaking his hand.

Jack Bartlett has died aged 100.
Bartlett joined the navy the minute he was old enough – lured by the shiny boots and crisp uniforms of those heading off to war. (Nine)

“People are so good to me,” he told 9News.

“He really appreciated all the support he was always given, especially on Anzac Day,” Narelle said.

“But it wasn’t just for him, it was for all his mates that he served with as well.

“It was just so beautiful for him and he appreciated it so much.”

Bartlett marked his 100th birthday in November.

His eyesight was fading, but his hearing and mind were as sharp as ever.

“I’m well looked after,” he said at the time.

“I’m happy. I’ve got wonderful friends here. I go to church with my daughter on a Sunday.”