War-time en­ter­tainer cel­e­brates 100 years

Great-grand­mother Maud a real ‘strong character’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries

AGREAT-GRAND­MOTHER who once en­ter­tained the troops dur­ing the Sec­ond World War has cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day in style.

You would be for­given for mis­tak­ing Maud Chisholm for somebody much younger, but the glam­orous cen­te­nar­ian has just cel­e­brated her mile­stone birth­day with her large fam­ily and friends.

Mrs Chisholm, lives in Wood­bridge House off New Wind­sor Street in Uxbridge, run by the Uxbridge United Wel­fare Trusts. She was born in Es­sex into a farm­ing fam­ily and her grandaugh­ter, Ali­son Smith, said she moved home around 15 times in her first 18 years.

“She has done a huge num­ber of things in her life; she was the land­lady of a pub, she once owned a post of­fice and dur­ing the war she used to en­ter­tain the troops with singing and danc­ing.

“Her stage name was Josie Gray and that is why peo­ple still call her Jo now in­stead of Maud,” said Ali­son.

Around 60 peo­ple came to Mrs Chisholm’s birth­day party in­clud­ing her grand­chil­dren, great­grand­chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily, who vis­ited from as far away as Le­ices­ter and Es­sex.

“She is the most re­mark­able lady,” Mrs Smith said. “She gets up ev­ery day, does her hair and make-up and goes into town for lunch and to do some shop­ping.

“My fa­ther, her son, passed away in June and I think that has knocked her back a bit but that is the first time I have ever no­ticed her slow down.

“I think she is one of the most de­ter­mined peo­ple I have ever met.

“She has got the strength of steel, she is such a strong character and her de­ter­mi­na­tion is what has got her through all of th­ese years,” she said.

Photo by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

n HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: Maud Chisholm cel­e­brates her birth­day with fam­ily, back from left, great grand­chil­dren An­drew and Chris Gray, Vic­to­ria and Daniel Grieve and Henry Reed; front from left, Loretta Smith, nine, Janet Hut­ton, Maud, grand­daugh­ter Ali­son Smith and Moira Gray. Above, Maud proudly holds her card from the Queen

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