Gladys Stokes Luxford Powers born in Lewisham, County of London and joined the WAAC at the age of 15 as a barracks waitress. She later transferred to the WRAF.
It was during her service that Gladys Powers met her first husband, a Canadian soldier named Edward Luxford, in a hospital while she visited her brother. They later moved to Calgary, Alberta, where Powers gained Canadian citizenship, and the pair later divorced. Powers married three additional times, outliving all of her three other husbands. Since 1992 she had lived in Abbotsford.
Powers became the last surviving female World War I veteran after the death of Charlotte Winters in March 2007. She was also the last to live in Canada after Dwight Wilson also died in 2007. Powers is the 11th World War I veteran to die in 2008.
There are 12 WWI veterans remaining worldwide, with a further four World War I-era veterans; there are also two unverified WWI veterans living.
Reported by Wikinews
* "Canada's oldest First World War vet dies". Canwest News Service, August 24, 2008
* "Canada Mourns the Passing of First World War Veteran Gladys Powers". MarketWatch, August 22, 2008