Steelworker who survived the Blitz in Sheffield celebrates his 100th birthday

Maurice Brice who is 100 years old on 23 Nov
Maurice Brice who is 100 years old on 23 Nov
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He survived the Blitz in Sheffield and still enjoys a weekly pint in his favourite pub.

And tomorrow Maurice Brice will celebrate a momentous milestone – his 100th birthday.

The grandfather is set to celebrate with his family at Wood Hill Grange Care Home, Grimesthorpe, where he lives.

Maurice was born in Watkin Street, Walkley, Sheffield, in 1914 to Harry and Ethel Brice – one of six children.

In his teens he worked part-time at Bassetts, in a sausage factory and at the Wicker Picture House.

He worked in steelworks for most of his life and during World War Two was involved in making component parts for planes and tanks.

He remembers the Blitz and has memories of walking up from the Tinsley factories, not knowing what had happened, to find the windows of his home blown out and roof tiles gone.

Maurice married Jessie on Boxing Day in 1936 and the couple had two children – Marie, who died tragically when she was young, and Maurice junior.

The couple owned an off-licence near Rutland Road, Neepsend, for 17 years, when Maurice worked at the steelworks.

Jessie passed away in 2000 and Maurice continued to live at their home in Stradbroke until earlier this year, when he moved into a care home.

Son Maurice, aged 66, who now lives near Leicester, told The Star: “He still is a very amazing fellow.

He added: “He still enjoys a pint of bitter and I take him every Wednesday to the Gardener’s Rest in Neepsend for a drink because it used to be his local pub.”