Godfrey Wilshire, resident at James Terry Court in South Croydon, has celebrated his 100th Birthday on 27 June at the care home on Haling Park Road.
Marking the special milestone, Godfrey was also presented with the insignia of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the highest decoration in France. The Legion of Honour was awarded to all surviving D-Day veterans, announced by the former French President Francois Hollande on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014.
Godfrey was born in Brockley in 1917 and was an only child. His father passed away when he was just eight months old and he was raised by his mother and his uncle who became a father figure to him.
A family with strong ties in the trading business, Godfrey’s first job during the war was a pay clerk. He went on to become a sergeant and then a manager of a shipping department. He married his wife Nancy in 1943 and together they bought a bicycle shop.
Reflecting upon his experiences, Godfrey said: “I have had a good life and it’s all down to luck, from my lovely wife to my in-laws.”
Godfrey was presented with his award by John Banks, the Chairman of the Association of Friends of James Terry Court at the care home.