Sheffield great-grandmother Olive celebrates 104th birthday

Olive Smith celebrates her 104th birthday.
Olive Smith celebrates her 104th birthday.
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She was born in Hackenthorpe in 1910, just five months into George V’s reign...

Now, more than a century on, born-and-bred Sheffielder Olive Smith has marked her 104th birthday with a message from his granddaughter the Queen – and a stake to the claim of being one of the city’s oldest residents.

Olive was born four years before even the First World War broke out across Europe. At the age of 13, as the roaring Twenties were in full swing, Olive left school and went to work on a local farm.

After a while she went into service in a large house in Ranmoor, and then on to another in Fulwood.

She earned just £1 a month - the equivalent of around £55 a month now – with all her living expenses provided.

She worked until she married husband Arthur in 1934, and their baby daughter Margaret was born in Arthur’s parents’ house in 1936.

Olive and Arthur moved to a house in Mosborough where they lived for three years, and then to another, also in Mosborough, where they lived for a staggering 74 years.

However, Olive still used to walk across fields from Mosborough to Hackenthorpe three times a week, to help her mum and prepare meals for her two brothers, doing the washing, ironing, cleaning and darning socks.

And, even after her mum died, Olive continued to look after her two brothers.

In her rare moments of free time, Olive and Margaret used to enjoy coach tours together – Arthur would rather stay at home.

Now a resident at Knowle Hill Home in Halfway, Olive is proud grandmother to Joanne and Ian, and great-grandmother to Gemma, Evie, Samuel, Eleanor and Jacob.