Doncaster Resident and World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

16 May 2018 News



Doncaster resident and Second World War veteran John Arscott, who lives at Cantley Grange in Doncaster, turned 100 this week, celebrating his birthday with a party at the home with family and friends, including four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Born just before the end of the First World War, John served in the British Army for the entirety of the Second World War, including participating in the so-called ‘D-Day Landings’ in Normandy. John was presented with a prestigious honour from the French government for his role, of which he and his family are immensely proud. A keen golfer and fisherman, John married in 1944 and the couple went on to have three children, Philip, Paul, and Yvonne. After leaving the army, he worked for the Civil Service for a further 25 years before retiring. For his birthday celebrations, John was joined by his family as well as staff and fellow residents, who admired his telegram from the Queen, and enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by a slice of birthday cake, and a singsong. Home Manager Sandra Allen commented, “We were delighted and honoured to host John’s birthday party at the home, and to celebrate his life and achievements. John is an extremely popular resident in the home, and the party was the perfect opportunity to bring both friends and family together to celebrate this milestone.” John said, “I had such a lovely day surrounded by family and friends, what more could I ask for.” To keep up to date with news from the home, follow us on Facebook and YouTube.