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100-year-old veteran gets 160 birthday cards after social media plea

Sky News logo Sky News 22/11/2020 18:44:00 Adele Robinson, news correspondent

A 100-year-old war veteran says he's "absolutely astonished" after receiving 160 birthday cards following a social media plea from his carer.

a person cutting a cake: Harry Field was 'absolutely astonished' after receiving 160 birthday cards © Sky News Screen GrabHarry Field was 'absolutely astonished' after receiving 160 birthday cards

Harry Field celebrated his birthday on Saturday the middle of lockdown.

Ahead of the celebration, 33 year-old Hollie Pearson, who looks after Harry, put out a message on NextDoor, an app connecting neighbours.

a man wearing glasses: Harry celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday © Sky News Screen GrabHarry celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday

The message read: "He's not in great health, depressed, he's going to be stuck in and lonely. Can't get to the pub! Not happy with Boris!

a man wearing a blue shirt: Harry shares a home with his brother-in-law, Paul Colvin © Sky News Screen GrabHarry shares a home with his brother-in-law, Paul Colvin

"Wondering if anyone would send a card to show him the good social media can do! And make it special. I feel so sorry for him, a war veteran, one of the most humble, clever, brave people I've ever met."

A flurry of cards and cakes were sent as a surprise from the local school, police station, and even his childhood football club, Millwall FC.

Harry told Sky News he was "dumbfounded", adding: "I'm absolutely astonished that so many people whom I do not know would do that for me and I keep saying why, what have I done?

"I am extremely grateful for it but I remain absolutely astonished particularly when you see children of three making cards for me. It's not real, it's fantastic. I'm very humbled by it."

a man and a woman sitting on a bench: Harry Field and his wife Carol © Sky News Screen GrabHarry Field and his wife Carol

Harry's brother-in-law, Paul Colvin, who he shares a home with, also wrote a summary of his life to accompany the message on NextDoor.

It detailed how he had been awarded a Military Cross for single-handedly capturing an enemy gun post in Italy in 1944 armed with just a pistol.

He went on to work in television, helping to create a forerunner to Match of the Day, and was married to his wife Carol for 47 years before her death in 2013.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Carol Field passed away in 2013 © Sky News Screen GrabCarol Field passed away in 2013

A year later the couple's beloved dog, Max, died.

His story hit a chord in the area where he lives in Epsom and on his birthday he received more than 160 cards.

Mr Colvin said the family had only discovered that Harry had a military award recently: "It's a life most people would like to live," he said, "it's been very exciting.

a man that is standing in the grass: Harry and Carol were married for 47 years © Sky News Screen GrabHarry and Carol were married for 47 years

"I think he found the whole [birthday] thing overwhelming and uplifting and inspiring. Everyone is looking for a good news story now and I think he's brought it for us".

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Harry says he does not feel 100 years old but will just "carry on doing what I am doing for as long as it's possible."

He describes lockdown as "nonsense" but says his number one priority when it gets lifted is to go to the pub.

22. marraskuuta 2020 20:44:00 Categories: Sky News

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