PEOPLE

Janie Prince

“I was born in Teddington, Middlesex—perhaps as a celebration of the end of the war! My three siblings were all pre-war and much older. From an early age I loved nature and that is a theme that remains throughout my life. I can remember being small enough to look up into the flowers of foxgloves and waiting for the bees to come. I loved each autumn gathering the apples and later turning the compost and getting out the little wiggly red worms with my father. We lived beside Bushey Park, ...

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Denys Brunsden

Robin Mills met Professor Denys Brunsden in Chideock, Dorset “I was born in Torquay in 1936, where my father was a postman; he didn’t have a lot of money, but really pushed me to stay on at school and pass exams. I was very into sport as a young man, playing rugby for Torquay Athletic, and I really wanted to be a P.E. teacher. I had an offer of a place at Leeds Carnegie College, to do a general degree followed by P.E. In consequence I didn’t take all the subjects ...

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Joan Meeson

Julia Mear met 100 year-old Joan Meeson in Stockland, East Devon ‘I was born 100 years ago on 2nd September 1915, during World War I in Enfield, Middlesex. We lived in Ponders End and I went to Southbury Road School, just two miles away. My parents, Horace and Suzanna Clark had a little coach business; they used to take people off to Brighton or Southend; anywhere by the seaside really, at the weekends. During the war I remember my parents being so poor, my brother, Boy (whose real name was Horace) ...

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Jean Spicer

Julia Mear met 100 year-old Jean Spicer in Seaton, Devon ‘I had a big celebration for my 100th birthday. My foster son, Ian, sent me a poem—all about me! I was born in London one hundred years ago on 8th August 1915. I was a war baby but the wrong war. Unfortunately my father, Frederick William, was an invalid, he had Parkinson’s disease from quite a young age and my mother, Martha Gertrude (known as Maggie) had to go back to teaching. My headmistress was an appalling snob; I was at the ...

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Ros Fry

‘I grew up in Hampshire—I was born in Portsmouth, my father comes from Gosport, and my mother from the Isle of Wight. She was a teacher, and my father sold insurance, later becoming an estate agent. I lived in Portsmouth until the age of 18, when I left home. My brother is ten years older than me, so I think I was a much wanted child. I went to Portsmouth High girl’s school from the age of 8 to 18 and did politics and economics, which was unusual. We were ...

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