War hero celebrates 100th with 2 parties
Family and friends help mark a special birthday
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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