A LANCING man who experienced the beginning of World War I as a child has turned 100.
Ernie Goodger, from Brighton Road, Lancing, was born in Croydon, and was just two years old when the first bombs were dropped on London.
His mother worked at a laundry which was blasted by bombs and five people sheltering in the cellar of a doctor’s surgery nearby were all killed.
Ernie, who in the past has been a keen fund-raiser for Shoreham Lifeboat, had hoped to become an engineer when he left school, but was unable to because of the depression.
He ended up working at a factory which was supposed to make cars but later made parts for bombs.
Ernie celebrated the day with his friends and family, and was taken on a surprise trip to the Bluebell Railway, in Uckfield.
His friend Carol Hatton, who has known him for 20 years, said: “He’s a kind person and he’s very sincere.
“He’s always been a very good friend to me.”