Geert Adriaans Boomgaard, one of the oldest veterans, at his 107th birthday in 1895 (source).
On of the last surviving veterans of the Napoleontic Wars was Dutchman Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (Groningen, 21 September 1788 – 3 February 1899). He was Europe's oldest man at the time of his death at the respectable age of 110 years and 135 days.
|Geert Adriaans Boomgaard|
When he was young he wanted to be a sailor but he was forced to serve in Napoleon’s army as a drummer. With the 33e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne he witnessed several major battles. After Napoleon’s downfall he became a skipper for many years. In 1818 he married Stijntje Bus, and after her death he married Grietje Jonker in 1831.
In 1871 he received the Sainte-Hélène medal and a certificate which states that 'Adriaans, Gerrit, à Groningue, Pays-Bas' received this medal on behalf of his active military service during the reign of Napoleon I’ (source).