Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has died aged 103, her family issued the statement that she had died with all her family around her.
She was born in Essex in 1917 as Vera Welch her father was a plumber and her mother was a dressmaker both married in 1913.
She entertained the troops overseas in the second world war singing songs like We’ll meet again and the White Cliffs of Dover.
Lynn remained very popular after the war had ended and recorded many songs, she also appeared on UK and US TV channels.
She was an all round entertainer, singing and appearing on the television starring in her own variety series.
Dame Vera will be remembered for all her charity work in 1953 she formed the cerebral palsy charity SOS, she founded the charity ‘The Vera Lynn Charity Breast Cancer Research Trust in 1976, in 2010 she became a patron of a charity that supports refugees from Burma and in 2013 she joined a PETA campaign against pigeon racing.
Dame Vera held many honours, a war medal 1939-1945, Burma Star, OBE, she became a Dame for her charity services in 1975 birthday honours, officer Saint John, and in 2016 she was a member of the Order of the companions of Honour.
Dame Vera at the age of just 7-years-old started to perform, a talent from the start and a hero to many at the end, an amazing woman that everyone of us will remember more so those in the armed forces for which she entertained during difficult times.