THE BROMSGROVE branch of the Royal British Legion held a special birthday party to mark its oldest member becoming a centenarian.
The bash for Tom Coulter was held at the town’s Millfields Social Club and was attended by members of the RBL and the former Burma Star Association, along with family and friends, including proud daughters Hilary and Alison.
Tom, who survived bombings in London, invasions in France and combat in Burma, turned 100 on August 6 when he received a card and telegram from HM The Queen and was featured in The Standard.
He was born in Ireland 1916, served in the Second World War in the heavy artillery regiments and was stationed in France in 1940.
At the birthday party on August 20, there was a display of Tom’s life, live music, food and a fabulous cake made and donated by Kelly Rundle of Munch Making Memories.
Rev Ray Khan, vicar of St John’s Church and Padre to the Bromsgrove branch of the Royal British Legion, said “Tom served with the Royal Artillery in the Burma Campaign during the Second World War, however we know him as a gentle, happy and positive man, who continued to serve those around him and has always been inspired by his faith.”