War hero cel­e­brates 100th with 2 par­ties

Fam­ily and friends help mark a spe­cial birth­day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

A SEC­OND World War vet­eran from East­cote has cel­e­brated his 100th birth­day with two par­ties.

Vic­tor Hugo cel­e­brated his mile­stone birth­day on Fri­day June 12 with a party for friends and another for fam­ily.

Born in Wilt­shire, he fought in the 8th army and has been mar­ried to Jean for 52 years.

The cou­ple have lived in East­cote, Jean’s birthplace, for the last 20 years.

Speak­ing about the party, Mr Hugo said: “It was a con­sid­er­able suc­cess with about 80 peo­ple call­ing in for drinks and the weather was mar­vel­lous. We cel­e­brated very well.”

More than 100 mem­bers of his fam­ily ar­rived for the sec­ond cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day. Fam­ily mem­ber Hilly Fletcher said Vic­tor gave an “ex­tra­or­di­nary and very amus­ing speech”.

As a strong roy­al­ist Mr Hugo was very happy to re­ceive his “prompt” let­ter from the Queen. He added: “I con­sider this coun­try very for­tu­nate in­deed to have the Queen as state of head. She’s a won­der­ful woman.”

Mr Hugo has one son, two grand­chil­dren, one step-grand­child and three great-grand­chil­dren.

He says he has lived a “var­ied and happy life” serv­ing in the western desert and along­side the Amer­i­can 5th army, then ris­ing to the rank of Ma­jor in 1943.

He later worked in pub­lish­ing for Vogue mag­a­zine and met his wife through press and PR in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

His hap­pi­est mo­ment he said, was mar­ry­ing his wife Jean at the Cax­ton Hall reg­istry of­fice.

Vic­tor Hugo cel­e­brates with wife Jean and more than 100 mem­bers of his fam­ily at one of his two par­ties held to mark the mile­stone

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