Wilf celebrates his 100th birthday

Bassetlaw Council chairman Coun David Challinor congratulates Wilf Jennings on his 100th birthday
Bassetlaw Council chairman Coun David Challinor congratulates Wilf Jennings on his 100th birthday

An ex-servicemen who turned one hundred and says he’s always considered himself a ‘Retfordian’.

Wilf Jennings turned 100 on 9th June and celebrated with a party at the James Hince Court Care Home in Carlton where he lives.

He was visited by Bassetlaw Council chairman David Challinor to be presented with a card and a gift.

Coun Challinor said that all he could think about was the events and changes Wilf had seen in his lifetime.

“At the age of 100 I thought about what Wilf must have seen in his time, cars, television and telephones,” he said.

“I spoke to his carers and they said he was a very pleasant man and a pleasure to take care of.”

He was born in Hallcroft and attended the Wesleyan school and then he worked for fifty years at Northern Rubber where he achieved the position of office manager.

He spent the first world war with his grandfather James Valance on Wigthorpe Farm in Worksop.

He served for four years in the RAF during the second world war as an engine fitter based in Doncaster and three of those four years he served in India.

His role as an engine fitter was essential in maintaining the American Mohawk aircraft that were tasked with keeping the Japanese out of India, and for his service he was awarded the Burma Star.

He is now the oldest member of the Burma Star Association. After the war he continued working at Northern Rubber until he retired in 1975, and he was also an active member and secretary of the RAF Association.

He married his wife Florence on 23rd June 1932 and enjoyed 69 years of marriage before Florence passed away in 2001.

Wilf came to the James Hince Care Home on December 19th 2009 when he was diagnosed with dementia.

Wilf enjoys gardening and grew his own vegetables before coming to the care home, he also enjoys photography.

His son Bob, 75, who lives in Elloughton near Hull, says he is very proud of his Dad,

“He has done his bit for the country and the empire and has helped us all.”

There were 22 people who attended the party including close and distant family and friends, the party was organised by Bob and there is another visit in store for Wilf when Bassetlaw MP John Mann comes to visit him on Sunday.