23 May 2014
Gilbert Cross at Eastlake care home in Godalming celebrated turning 100 years of age on Wednesday 21 May 2014.
Centenarian Mr Gilbert Cross blew out his candles at a party held for him at Anchor’s Eastlake in Nightingale Road where he has lived for 5 years.
Gilbert was born on the 21 May 1914 at Walkden in Lancashire to parents Thomas and Gertrude Cross. He had two sisters, Margaret who lived until she was 100 and Gertrude who is 95 and still lives in Lancashire.
Gilbert was a baby when the First World War started. When he was older, he went to work for the local government in Solihull.
He met his wife Doris at Sunday school who later became friends and married in 1937 they were married for 69 years. They had two sons and a daughter - Gilbert, Graham and Valerie, sadly Graham passed away after a serious illness. Gilbert has six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Gilbert was called up in the Second World War into the RAF where he became Borough treasurer and he then took up voluntary work at the Meath Home as their Treasurer.
Sadly, in 2006 Gilberts wife passed away. In 2009 Gilbert came to Eastlake and still does his daily walk providing the weather is nice.
Eastlake Business Manager Linda Grout said ‘Mr Gilbert Cross is a pleasure to have in the home, he is well respected by other residents and staff and the community.’
Gilberts lasting memory is leaving his family and going to war to fight in India and Burma, and his secret to long life is to be fortunate and have good luck.