Engineering celebrations for former naval officer

Newspapers: Express Series.'Story: Mr James Driver - celebrating his 102nd birthday.'Pictured with James is his son Derek and Elaine Hart, Dereks partner.'Photo Date: 08/04/15
Newspapers: Express Series.'Story: Mr James Driver - celebrating his 102nd birthday.'Pictured with James is his son Derek and Elaine Hart, Dereks partner.'Photo Date: 08/04/15

A man who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War has celebrated his 102nd birthday.

James Driver celebrated his special day at Croft House Care Home, in Gawthorpe earlier this week.

Mr Driver was born on April 8, 1913 and he lived and went to school in Horbury.

When he left school he went to work at Charles Roberts Wagon Works and also worked at the sand quarry.

In 1932 he joined the Royal Navy and rose to the rank of petty officer. He served during the Second World War and was awarded five medals.

During his time in the Navy he met his wife, Doris, and the couple married in 1939.

He left the Navy in 1945 and worked as an engineer at Richard Sutcliffe Limited until his retirement in 1978.

Mrs Driver died in 1979. Mr Driver has two sons, Derek and Kenneth, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

His son Derek Driver said: “We’re all very proud of him and his achievement getting to his 102nd birthday.

“His health has deteriorated recently but he always enjoyed dancing with my mum and he loves sport.

“He also boxed professionally and had 50 bouts.

“He lived in Horbury for 99 years and managed on his own in sheltered accommodation until just before his 100th birthday when he moved into Ashworth Grange in Dewsbury so he has done remarkably well.”