Henley’s Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

Family, friends, Henley Town Councillors and officers saluted Henley’s last remaining WW2 veteran, Dick Charlton on this 100th birthday today.

Dick served with the 4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in WW2 and was taken a prisoner of war after the Battle of Cassell in May 1940.

We published a letter from Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett last week asking people to send a card to Dick and over 200 cards were received.  Ken said, “What a pleasure it was this morning to be able to celebrate Dick’s 100th birthday, all brilliantly organised by the Chilterns Court Care home. As Dick arrived outside the care home, with visitors some 10 metres away, a chorus of Happy Birthday rang out, which Dick acknowledged by continuing waving and then thanking everyone for coming and celebrating for a short time with him. What a wonderful experience it was for us all. Dick did thank everyone that had sent him a birthday card, I believe he is still opening some.”

Dick’s Grandaughter and Great Grandaughter Annabelle and Emily Greenland visited Dick today and spent time with him in the care home’s garden.  Annabelle said, “He was very emotional this morning but he’s in really good spirits and full of smiles.  He has loved and appreciated all the cards he has received. His card from the Queen will be delivered later as it was sent to the care home he was staying at in Didcot until very recently.  He’s looking forward to sharing his cake later on.  The carers are working really hard to make his day really special.  He’s really chuffed to be back in Henley and we’re looking forward to taking him down to the river front and around his town when lockdown is eventually over.”

What’s Dick secret to living to this wonderful age, Annabelle replied, “He’s tough as old boots. I think not giving in to old age and just living each day with a smile on his face and making the most of people and family all around him.”

If you would like to know more about Dick, go to this VE Day commemorative article https://www.henleyherald.com/2020/05/07/ve-day-75th-anniversary-commemoration/

Happy Birthday Dick from everyone at the Herald and all our readers.