Europe's oldest man is receiving an honorary doctorate.

Henry Allingham, aged 112, who lives at St Dunstan’s in Ovingdean, is being given a doctorate in engineering at Southampton Solent University.

It will be for his charity work and contributions during the two world wars.

A statement from the university said: "For a man who said he felt woefully under-qualified during his career, as he had no formal engineering qualifications, finally being awarded a doctorate will be a special thrill."

The ceremony was organised at the Warsash Maritime Academy.

Mr Allingham was made an Honorary Freeman of Brighton and Hove at a special meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council last month.

Mr Allingham, who now has his first great-great-great-grandchild, joined the Royal Navy Air Service in September 1915 before transferring to the RAF in April 1918.

This year he was made an honorary member of the Royal Naval Association and also received an upgraded Legion d'Honneur in London six years after receiving his first one.

He also became Britain's oldest man when he reached 112 years and 296 days, surpassing Welshman John Evans who died in 1990, aged 112 years and 295 days.

He will turn 113 on June 6.