Happy birth­day to a cen­te­nar­ian called Armistice

Belfast Telegraph - - FALLEN REMEMBERED NEWS - BY BEN MITCHELL

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 at the re­quest of staff at her Sal­va­tion Army care home in West Sus­sex, who feared her birth­day would go un­marked be­cause she only has two el­derly rel­a­tives.

Mrs Fox, who grew up in Wales be­fore mov­ing to Lon­don, is over­whelmed by the re­sponse. She said: “I didn’t ex­pect any of this.”

She said of her mid­dle name: “I didn’t take much no­tice of it, to tell you the truth, un­til a few years ago when it dawne­donme.It’sjus­taname­tome.” Mrs Fox was a chil­dren’s nanny, while her hus­band Henry was head gar­dener at Wind­sor Great Park es­tate.

Re­call­ing go­ing to church along with the Queen, she said: “I used to see her go past the house and you would bow your head in ac­knowl­edge­ment.”

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

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