TWO Thatcham residents celebrated landmark birthdays recently.
When 100-year-old Wilfred Doman, was born on April 22, 1915, Charlie Chaplin’s film The Tramp was released and the Second Battle of Ypres was launched.
Mr Doman was born in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales. He moved to London, aged 14, where he met his wife-to-be, Joan, at the age of 16. The couple spent 73 happy years together until Mrs Doman died in 2011.
They had two children, Stephen and Christine (now Betson), four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs Betson, who has lived in Thatcham for most of her life, said that her father’s secret to longevity was that he was happily married and worked hard until he retired at the age of 72.
He served as a gunner in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and trained recruits on anti-aircraft guns.
He had a passion for boxing and, living close to Wembley Stadium, attended many bouts and supported Tottenham Hotspur.
Mr Doman has lived at Thatcham Court Nursing Home for three years and is frequently visited by his family.
Mrs Betson said that her father loved performing as a magician at children’s parties and he loved Christmas and was always there for family events.
Speaking on her father’s centenary, Mrs Betson said: “It’s amazing, he’s the first Doman to get to 100.
“He’s never had any illnesses and never been to hospital. He’s a very strong person.”
Another Thatcham Court resident, Kathleen ‘Kay’ Jackson, celebrated her 105th birthday on April 22 with her daughter, friends and staff from Thatcham Court.
Mrs Jackson enjoyed spending the day out and loved receiving her telegram from the Queen.
She also enjoying having everyone sing and wish her a happy birthday and blowing out the candles on her cake.
She said: “Is this really for me?”
Mrs Jackson was born in Worcestershire in 1910 and previously told the Newbury Weekly News that a small glass of sherry, combined with eating healthily and keeping active, was the secret to a long life.