WWII Veteran celebrates his 100th birthday with Irish Guards

Verteran soldier with two members of the Irish Guards

Harry Grice from Burton Latimer served with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in World War Two and recently celebrated his 100th birthday. 

Harry’s friend David Hobbs who also served with the regiment got in touch with the Irish Guards to see if they could help make the landmark birthday extra special. 

To Harry’s great surprise several Guardsmen made an appearance at his party and even brought their mascot Domhnall an Irish Wolfhound with them. To make Harry’s day even more special he received a letter from the Queen and a card from Prince William who is a Colonel of the Regiment.

More about Harry Grice

Harry lives at home with his wife Betty he was born in Sheffield but moved to Burton Latimer after the war. Harry worked for Weetabix after the war and went on to have his own business. The couple celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary this week and Betty is 96 next week so a triple celebration! 

The couple have outlived their family but have a fantastic network of friends and neighbours who look out for them. 

Friend Carole Garside who has known them for 40 years said: "Harry kept saying he wasn't going to make it to 100 but I told him he would and that we'd have a party. I think on the day he was quite emotional because everyone made such an effort.

"Harry always said the key to a long life is to keep active and to keep moving. He has a huge garden and until just a few years ago, he was still doing the gardening and growing vegetables."

Friend David Hobbs said 

"Harry's face when he saw the Guardsmen appear on his birthday was fantastic. It was a brilliant day."

 

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