There was a very special surprise for John Goodman, who celebrated his 100th birthday at Tegfield House care home in Winchester on Thursday 12th August.
To recognise his distinguished service in the Royal Navy during World War 2, the Royal Naval Association presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Stewart Maclean, Parade Marshall of the Association’s Area 3, accompanied by Standard Bearer Richard Shenton, made the presentation.
As well as the Certificate, Association Chairman, Keith Ridley wrote John a personal letter on behalf of its National Council to thank him for his service and convey their best wishes on his special birthday.
John’s birthday was celebrated at Tegfield House in Chilbolton Avenue, Winchester, where he was joined by his family members, residents, and staff for the presentation, followed by tea and the cutting of a 100th birthday cake.
Born at Wotter in Dartmoor, Devon, John and his family moved to Plymouth when he was 11 where he attended Devonport High School. Having passed his A-levels, John was due to go to university to study English and French. However, with the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939, he joined the Royal Navy instead.
John’s other celebrations included a birthday tea at the Hotel du Vin, Winchester with his family, and attending Matins at the Church of St Cross before enjoying birthday coffee and cake with The Brothers.
Jo Aitken, Manager of Tegfield House, says: “It is such a pleasure to have John and his family as part of our Tegfield family. It was a real delight to make his day even more special with the Royal Naval Association and his family coming to join us. It is a day none of us will forget for a long time.”