Military upbringing leads to Hampshire woman celebrating century

Military upbringing leads to Hampshire woman celebrating century

Military upbringing leads to Hampshire woman celebrating century

Military upbringing leads to Hampshire woman celebrating century

Military upbringing leads to Hampshire woman celebrating century

First published in News

A STRICT military family upbringing is what Ena Buckland believes is the key to her long life – and it certainly appears to have worked as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

The Netley Abbey resident marked the milestone with a large cake and a party for family and neighbours.

Born in Egypt as her father was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Ena came to the UK when a few months old.

The family moved to Southampton when Ena was 15 and she has lived in and around the city ever since.

The grandmother-of-four and great-grandmother-of-seven met her husband Kennard, who served in the Hampshire Regiment at D-Day, at a family gathering. They married in 1939 and had two children.

Kennard later worked as a printer for Joseph Caustons in Eastleigh. He passed away in 2004, only weeks before their 65th wedding anniversary.

Daughter Lyn Kelly, 67, of Netley Abbey, said: “She’s always been a very caring mum, she still is – she still thinks mum knows best, even at my age I get told off.”

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