100th Birthday - Millicent Goddard (nee Waters)

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  • 6 Apr 2023
100th Birthday - Millicent Goddard (nee Waters)

Milly was born in Lower Moor on Monday 18 September 1922, and attended Fladbury and Pershore Schools. At the outbreak of war in 1939, with a brother in the Army (Ron) and one in the Air Force (Ivan) Milly thought she would make it a full house, and joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service – as an 18 year old. She served for four and a half years, two of which she spent at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys, which was Britain’s chief naval base. Leave to travel home was granted only every 18 months and Aunty Milly remembers the arduous journey, first by boat to the mainland, and then hours by train back to Pershore.

She met her future husband Geoff in the Anchor Inn at Wyre and was escorted home in 1946. Two and a half years later they were married in Fladbury Church on 14 August 1948, and honeymooned in Bournemouth. They celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary in 1998 at the Anchor – the very pub where they had first met.

Since marriage, Milly has lived the whole of her life in the same house in Wyre - 74 years where she still lives independently. She is an avid follower and supporter of Liverpool FC with her favourite player being Mo Salah.She has three sons – Malcolm, Ian and Martin plus four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The expectation is for the arrival of a celebratory card from Her Majesty the Queen in time for her party for family and friends on the Big Day