Seaton home now has three centenarians

PUBLISHED: 15:01 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 18 December 2018

Walter Foxwell with his 100th birthday cake.  Picture DOVE COURT

Walter Foxwell with his 100th birthday cake. Picture DOVE COURT

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The trio of 100-year-olds are residents at Dove Court

Kitty Day. Picture DOVE COURTKitty Day. Picture DOVE COURT

It must be something in the sea air – a Seaton nursing home now has THREE residents aged over 100.

The trio of centenarians live at Dove Court, in Seaton Down Hill.

Elizabeth Webb marked her century in April. She was born and grew up on a Fenland fruit farm as the youngest of a large family.

She trained as a children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, winning a silver medal for best in her year.

Elizabeth Webb. Picture DOVE COURTElizabeth Webb. Picture DOVE COURT

Later she enlisted for the Queen Alexandra Nursing Corps and found herself in Normandy only a few days after the D-Day landings.

Later posted to Sri Lanka she nursed at a hospital in Kandy where she met her husband Maurice, a warrant officer in the Royal Engineers.

They retired to Seaton over 30 years ago. Sadly Maurice died 20 years ago but Elizabeth stayed on and cared for herself until at 99 she had a bad fall requiring full time care which she now receives at Dove Court.

Walter Foxwell turned 100 in November.

Educated at Musbury, at the age of 18 he volunteered to join the army driving trucks in the royal artillery from 1938 to 1946. He was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, then served in India and Burma from 1942 to 1945, being part of the Kohima relief force in 1944.

He married Nora, a cook at Shute school, Axminster, and the couple had a son David and adopted a son Steven.

Kitty Day turned 100 in October. She was born in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

She married Norman in 1941 whilst he was serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. After the war, when Norman returned to banking, the couple moved to the Home Counties where they lived initially with their two sons. On Norman’s retirement, they moved back to Cardiff where, after too few years, Kitty was suddenly widowed.

She remained in the Cardiff area for a further 20 years. Following illness, she relocated to Lyme Regis to be near her son Peter and daughter-in-law Pat. She lived there independently until October 2016, at which time she moved into Dove Court.

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