Thursday, April 25, 2024

Navy veteran turns 102

A World War II Navy veteran has celebrated his 102nd birthday with friends and family in Brisbane. 

Harold, an Arcare Stacks Creek aged-care resident, enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips followed by cake at Wynnum Esplanade with long-time friends, Colin and Pat. 

Arcare Lifestyle Coordinator, Mary said it was an honour to help organise Harold’s birthday celebration. 

“I am very grateful to be a part of such a significant day for him,” Mary said. 

Harold and his late wife met Colin and Pat in 1966 and they formed an adopted family, celebrating every special occasion together. 

“They were both our rock,” Colin said. 

“We owe Harold and Ivy [Harold’s wife] more than we can repay; we are so proud that he is 102 years young.  

“Thank you Harry, for all the years!” 

Harold served in the Royal Navy as a young man and was involved in the Pursuit of the Bismarck in World War II. He served in many theatres of the war including The Siege of Malta. 

After WWII, he re-enlisted for 12 years and joined the Fleet Air Arm, where he became Captain of the flight deck on the HMS Albion. During The Suez Campaign, Harold was a recipient of the British Empire medal. 

Australian Seniors News wishes Harold a huge happy birthday! 

Harold’s delicious birthday cake.

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