Celebration marking 100 for veteran

RSA members Norman Wilson (left) and Ken Bowie help World War 2 veteran Warren Warburton...
RSA members Norman Wilson (left) and Ken Bowie help World War 2 veteran Warren Warburton celebrate his 100th birthday in Invercargill yesterday. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
Invercargill's oldest World War 2 veteran marked a personal milestone yesterday.

RSA Invercargill chairman Norman Wilson and member Ken Bowie took time to visit Warren Warburton yesterday to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Mr Warburton was in the 27th Machine Gun and Infantry Battalion of the New Zealand Division and fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino.

A photo of his army days was placed in table next to him.

Mr Bowie joked he had not changed at all.

"It is because you didn’t see me in the morning, " Mr Warburton said.

Mr Warburton said he still felt the same.

"I feel exactly the same as yesterday and as this time last year," he suggested.

"I don’t know why I should be 100. I didn’t do anything special."

Mr Wilson said it was important to celebrate Mr Warburton on such special occasion.

"He is turning 100 when RSA is also celebrating 100 years. So we thought we should do something special for him.

Mr Warburton also celebrated with friends and family at a function at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village.

A special guest was missing, his wife of 71 years, Freda. She was in the hospital wing after a fall.

" It is so sad to be separated this stage of the game, but it will be lovely [to see her again]."

luisa.girao@odt.co.nz

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