Birthday girl Gwen (100) is the toast of Holbeach

Gwen pictured on her 100th birthday. SG300915-200TW
Gwen pictured on her 100th birthday. SG300915-200TW
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Two 100th birthday parties were celebrated by a lady born during the First World War and named after one of its great battles.

News of Annie Wilkins’ birth reached her dad, Bertie, in the trenches on the Western Front.

He (her father) said call her Loos because that’s the battle he was involved in at the time.

Daughter Jenny Brown

“He said call her Loos because that’s the battle he was involved in at the time,” said Annie’s daughter, Jenny Brown.

Annie’s middle name became Loos.

Her surname changed when she married Bob Dickinson on Boxing Day in 1936.

Later Annie’s first name was switched to ‘Gwen’, which she loves, because her husband had a friend called Bob and his wife Gwen looked so much like Annie that the two were difficult to tell apart when friends spotted them out and about.

Jenny said her mum liked to be called Gwen and the name stayed.

Born in Isleworth, Middlesex, Gwen had six sisters and a brother and is the sole survivor of the siblings.

Her husband was a policeman in London during the Second World War and the couple moved to Langwith Gardens, Holbeach, during the early 70s after Bob retired from British Airways.

Gwen was widowed in 1987.

As well as her only daughter, Gwen has a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. Gwen moved to Mayfield Residential Home, Holbeach, two years ago and enjoyed her two parties there.

Jenny said her mum had lived for her family and their home, which she kept absolutely spotless.