A VETERAN who served in World War II returned to his training base for his 100th birthday.
Bernard Beckett was able to visit his former training base, HMS Collingwood, in Fareham, organized by the Royal British Legion to celebrate his centenary.
Bernie was called up in December 1941 aged 18 and completed his training at HMS Collingwood before serving in the Royal Navy for five years.
Bernie was given a tour of the training base and ‘Happy Birthday’ was sung at the SNCO mess on Monday.
Bernie has been a member of the Royal British Legion for 18 years and also a collector of Poppy Appeal in Eastleigh and Southampton.
One year he raised nearly £1,000 in a week for the Armed Forces charity.
Bernie was also supported by the Royal British Legion.
The Armed Forces charity helped him get a fridge and freezer and new carpets in 2005 and gave him two wellness breaks at Weston-Super-Mare.
He said: “When I see people wearing a poppy I remember the ones we lost in World War II.
“I was lucky to only have suffered shrapnel during the war where I was treated in Gibraltar, but many were not as lucky as me.
“Wearing your poppy shows that the service and sacrifice of the guys we lost will never be forgotten.”
The money Bernard has raised for the RBL over the years is used to meet the needs of the Armed Forces community, including veterans, serving personnel and their families.
Claire Smith, Hampshire Community Fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, said: ‘Poppy sellers have been in Hampshire since Thursday October 27, so please buy a poppy and donate what you can. .
“Funds raised through the RBL Poppy Appeal mean we can continue our vital work of supporting serving personnel, veterans and their families through hardship, injury and bereavement.
“We also urge any veteran or family member in need of assistance to contact the RBL as soon as possible.”
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