Huge congratulations to Raymond, who has celebrated his 100th birthday at Uplands Care Home.
Members of Ray’s family joined him and fellow residents for a party also attended by special guest, Cllr Pauline George, Mayor of London Borough of Lambeth. The occasion was also broadcast on BBC London TV News.
Ray had a distinguished career in the British Armed Forces including serving as Air Observation Post during WW2. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his reconnaissance of enemy movements in France, India, Malaya and Java.
Between 1948 to his retirement in 1977, Ray held various posts in the UK and overseas and was awarded the MBE for services rendered. He is a lifelong member of the 656 Squadron Association.
Ray continued to be active after retirement, serving as a town councillor in Wokingham and Vice-Chairman for Planning Committee and Chairman for Emergency Planning Committee. He was a Governor of Emmbrook Infant and Junior Schools and Chairman of Emmbrook Ward Conservative Party.
For many years Ray and his wife, Ruby, arranged outings and afternoon teas for stroke survivors and the couple were given a Civic Award for their work in 1997. Ray also served as a volunteer representative for the Chest Heart and Stroke Club, Berkshire, Surrey and N. Hants.
Home Manager, Catherine Ogbogu-Sang, said: “Raymond is a delightful, selfless gentleman and we are all very fond of him. He has spent much of his life helping others and it was such a pleasure and an honour to help him celebrate his centenary.”