Veteran born during a Sheffield bombing celebrates 100th birthday

George Pearson, who has just celebrated his 100th birthday, with son Patrick and wife Evelyn
George Pearson, who has just celebrated his 100th birthday, with son Patrick and wife Evelyn
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A veteran born the same night German Zeppelins rained bombs on Sheffield in World War One has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Great grandfather George Pearson, who went on to serve in World War Two, celebrated the tremendous milestone among friends and family at home on Tuesday.

George Pearson has celebrated his 100th birthday

George Pearson has celebrated his 100th birthday

But it's something of a miracle that George has made it to 100 - as many people lost their lives in a bombing on the night he was born.

George, who was born at 2am on Freeborough Street in Attercliffe, said: "German Zeppelins dropped bombs on Attercliffe on the night I was born and 27 people were killed."

"I quite literally came into the world with a bang."

Lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan George is the only survivor of 13 siblings and experienced many hardships during his childhood, including losing his father at nine-years-old.

During WWII George was stationed at the Manor Lane Anti Aircraft battery, where he was trained to fire rockets and became part of the regular army.

He also served in the Home Guard and is a big fan of television series Dad's Army, which reminds him of his own experience.

George married wife Evelyn on August 16, 1940. They were married for 60 years until Evelyn passed away in 2000.

He and Evelyn had one child together, Patrick. George is now a grandfather of two and great grandfather off four.

George said his favourite sport is fishing and he recalls many happy hours fishing with his son to Southern Ireland and the Norfolk Broads.

George, who now lives in South Anston, has supported Sheffield Wednesday from being 10 years old which is certainly a tribute to his loyalty and dedication.