There was a very special day at Grove House Care Home in Wirral recently as the home celebrated Major William Hunter’s 100th birthday.
It has been a very adventurous 100 years for William, and he has seen a lot of change during that time. Early on in his life Bill, like many young men, joined the army and was part of an artillery battery that defended the cliffs of Dorset from the threat of German invasion.
After being seriously injured after trying to rescue one of his gunners from a burning ammunition lorry, William later returned to the war to fight against the Japanese in Asia, where he was present at the Japanese surrender in Singapore on February 15, 1942.
William later returned home to join his brother Tom in his hotel business but missed the military life and rejoined the army in 1952. Two years later William married the love of his life Janet and had one son Thomas and stepson Bob and he is now grandfather to Holly.
Family, other residents, and staff all came together to celebrate William’s birthday, and the Queen sent William a telegram congratulating him on reaching the milestone. There was also a stunning cake celebrating William’s army years.
William really enjoyed his birthday celebrations, and well done Grove House for helping to make the day so special!
Date published: 26 January 2018
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