Dick’s nephew organised a grand party for the World War II veteran with all of his family and friends, who were delighted to celebrate the huge milestone with him at Kipling Court, Windsor - one of our sheltered housing schemes.
Dick was born in Windsor in 1918, just four days after the First World War ended and VE day was celebrated across the continent. Having been a Windsor man for most of his life, Dick has seen a lot of changes in the town since he was a boy – particularly in the number of eateries! He was one of the first to move in to Kipling Court when the scheme opened and has made it his long-time home.
At the age of 18, Dick joined the army and was employed as a regimental driver by the territorial team. At 21, he married his sweetheart, Pat, just before the Second World War broke. During the War, he was sent abroad and spent time in Egypt, Mumbai and Singapore - his service even saw him travelling through the Himalayas.
Dick says that coming home to Pat after such a long time away felt like the most incredible thing in the world, but that returning to normal life was a strange adjustment and took some getting used to. He remained in the army for seven more years, serving some time in Northern Ireland, before eventually retiring from military life and taking up work as a coach driver.
Sadly, Dick lost Pat to cancer fourteen years ago, but he still treasures the many happy memories they made together. He still has plenty of family around, including all but one of his three siblings, and despite his venerable age Dick is still fit, active and independent. His relatives visit him regularly and he enjoys going out shopping with his sister. “It feels amazing to reach this age,” Dick says. “I didn’t think I would get this far.”
With plenty of tea and cake, the celebration gave all the guests the chance to reminisce over their many shared memories. Deputy Mayor Eileen Quick also attended to help mark the occasion and celebrate one of Windsor’s oldest home-grown heroes.