St Michaels on Wyre war veteran enjoys his 102nd birthday with his younger namesake

War veteran John Orr was given a serenade from his choir friends as he celebrated his 102nd birthday.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 6:00 am
John (Jackson) Orr enjoys his cake

War veteran John Orr was given a serenade from his choir friends as he celebrated his 102nd birthday.

Members of St Michael’s Church, where John has been a regular attendee, visited Northlands Village Rest Home to give a special performance of his favourite songs, as he sung along.

Born in Yorkshire, John, also known as Jackson, moved to Lancashire when he was a child. He served in the Second World War, working with the artillery, in charge of the signallers.

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John (Jackson) Orr celebrating his 102nd birthday with Jackson Hodson who was named after him

He recalled: “I was with one of the finest regiments, the Royal Marine Commandos. We landed in Normandy the day after D-Day. We left the coast with no trouble. I got shot, with shrapnel in my nose and scalp. I also met a lot of prisoners from Dunkirk.”

Because of his service, he met Prince Charles and the Queen to receive Maundy money.

John worked for the waterboard and has been a mason since 1976. He was also an active member of St Michaels Bowling Club. He has no children, but has a sister in St Michaels, and a two-year-old great grand nephew, Jackson, who was named after him. John, who has been a resident at Northlands for five years, said turning 102 was ‘grand.’