Worthing hospital home veteran reaches 102

Harry Molineaux turns 102
Harry Molineaux turns 102

A FORMER Desert Rat celebrated turning 102 with a giant cake and a day spent with friends and family.

Harry Molineaux celebrated his birthday at the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), in Boundary Road.

Harry, who has been at the home since 2006, was made a giant cake by residents as part of his birthday celebrations.

Originally a fruit and vegetable merchant in the east end of London, Harry joined the Army in 1940 and became a gunner in the Honourable Artillery Company.

He became a tank driver and saw service across the Middle East, before finally fighting Rommel’s army in Libya.

He was wounded in the thigh in 1943 and after spells in hospitals in Libya, Palestine and South Africa, he finally came back to the UK on the Queen Mary.

Juliet Stallard, head of fund-raising at QAHH, said: “Harry is a very special veteran who is a testament to the quality of care and commitment given by the staff to those who have served our country. All of the staff, volunteers, friends and his family wish him a very happy 102nd.”