Doncaster WW2 D-Day veteran dies weeks after celebrating 100th birthday

Doncaster D-Day veteran John Arscott.
Doncaster D-Day veteran John Arscott.
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A Doncaster D-Day veteran has died a few weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday.

John Arscott, who served in the British Army for the entire duration of World War Two,died earlier this month a short while after a celebration held to mark his 100th birthday.

Mr Arscott, who was born just before the end of the First World War, took part in the famous Normandy landings and was honoured by the French govenrment for his role in helping to liberate France from Nazi Germany.

He died at Cantley Grange nursing home, where he lived, on July 16.

A keen golfer and fisherman, John married late wife Joyce in 1944 and the couple went on to have three children, Philip, Paul, and Yvonne. After leaving the army, he worked for the Civil Service for a further 25 years before retiring.

For his 100th birthday celebrations in May , John was joined by his family as well as staff and fellow residents, who admired his telegram from the Queen, and enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by a slice of birthday cake, and a singsong.

Among the guest were his four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

At the time of the party, John said, “I had such a lovely day surrounded by family and friends, what more could I ask for.”

The funeral service and cremation will take place on July 27 at Rose Hill Crematorium at 2.20pm.