War veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Echo: Celebration – Raymond Creasey is joined by his family Celebration – Raymond Creasey is joined by his family

A WAR veteran who lost his arm in action celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

Great-grandchildren flew in from New Zealand to see Raymond Creasy, who turned 100 on Monday, July 7.

His three children, ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren marked the occasion with a party at the Godden Lodge care home, in Hart Road, Thundersley.

The centenarian served in the Second World War with the 16th/5th Lancers as a tank gunner in Africa and lost his left arm in Italy, after being hit by a shell.

He married sweetheart Violet in 1940 and the pair enjoyed a 70-year marriage living in Leigh, before Violet died aged 95 five years ago.

Working on the railways for most of his life, Mr Creasy is a keen churchgoer and was a regular at Elim church, in Leigh.

Son Trevor, 72, of Thames Close, Leigh said: “He is strong-willed and despite a disability of having one arm, he just carried on. He is absolutely determined in his nature. It is quite remarkable to reach 100. He loves his grandchildren all being around. He was overjoyed to have them together at the party.

“My eldest son, Andrew, came over from New Zealand with his wife and children. They stayed for the party and his actual birthday on Monday and really enjoyed the celebrations.”

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1:03pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Hope you had a great day Sir and many more to come.
Hope you had a great day Sir and many more to come. Howard Cháse
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1:26pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bazza 1 says...

Congratulations on your 100 th birthday. A man who served his country in it's direst time. God bless you sir. You have my sincerest thanks for my, and my family's freedom.
Congratulations on your 100 th birthday. A man who served his country in it's direst time. God bless you sir. You have my sincerest thanks for my, and my family's freedom. bazza 1
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6:26pm Tue 15 Jul 14

John Right says...

A very proud and noble "Happy Birthday" from a fellow Lancer..
A very proud and noble "Happy Birthday" from a fellow Lancer.. John Right
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7:53am Thu 17 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
A very proud and noble "Happy Birthday" from a fellow Lancer..
Proud and noble he is. As for you "Right", making jokes about stroke victims on another story on this website, I hardly think so. With the comments you've made I can't believe you are ex services. You are not fit to clean the shoes of this man.

Like others here, I thank you Mr Creasey,(I hope that's the correct spelling as there are two different ones in the story above) for your part in securing the freedom of speech we have today - which so many abuse..

Your generation has much to be thanked for. I wish many more happy years for you and your family.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: A very proud and noble "Happy Birthday" from a fellow Lancer..[/p][/quote]Proud and noble he is. As for you "Right", making jokes about stroke victims on another story on this website, I hardly think so. With the comments you've made I can't believe you are ex services. You are not fit to clean the shoes of this man. Like others here, I thank you Mr Creasey,(I hope that's the correct spelling as there are two different ones in the story above) for your part in securing the freedom of speech we have today - which so many abuse.. Your generation has much to be thanked for. I wish many more happy years for you and your family. Kim Gandy
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