Ar­mistice mid­dle name of Dilys, 100

Western Mail - - THE ARMISTICE REMEMBERED -

A WOMAN whose mid­dle name is Ar­mistice is cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birth­day on the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

Hun­dreds of well-wish­ers have sent cards to Dilys Ar­mistice Fox af­ter staff at her Sal­va­tion Army care home in West Sus­sex were con­cerned that her birth­day would go un­marked be­cause she only has two, el­derly, rel­a­tives.

Mrs Fox, who grew up in the Caer­philly area be­fore mov­ing to London, said she was over­whelmed by the re­sponse.

She said: “I didn’t ex­pect any of this.”

Re­fer­ring to her mid­dle name, she added: “I didn’t take much no­tice of it, to tell you the truth, un­til a few years ago when it dawned on me. It’s just a name to me.”

She said the se­cret to her long life had been “in­de­pen­dence and hon­esty”.

“I am in­de­pen­dent, very in­de­pen­dent. I al­ways get up be­fore 6am and I make my own bed, get washed and dressed,” she said.

“I also be­lieve in hon­esty, I am a very hon­est per­son.”

Mrs Fox said the great­est change in so­ci­ety in her life­time was the cre­ation of the NHS.

“I think it’s won­der­ful, it helps a lot of peo­ple. I know at the mo­ment it is hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, but when it first started I al­ways said to my­self ‘that’s one of the best things that could have hap­pened be­cause it helps or­di­nary peo­ple’.”

She added that the best tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion was the tele­vi­sion, which she first remembers from the Queen’s coro­na­tion.

She said: “No­body had a tele­vi­sion – we had to share it. I think it has changed the world as peo­ple can see things so quickly.”

Mrs Fox was a chil­dren’s nanny for all of her work­ing life and mar­ried Henry Fox, who vol­un­teered in the RAF dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and went on to be­come head gar­dener on the Wind­sor Great Park es­tate.

Head carer Sharon Ba­con said: “It’s gone a lit­tle bit crazy – we’ve re­ceived at least 500 cards now.”

The lo­cal com­mu­nity is to mark Mrs Fox’s birth­day to­mor­row by di­vert­ing its re­mem­brance pa­rade to the care home in or­der to sing Happy Birth­day to her.

> Dilys Ar­mistice Fox

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